Prime accused in ATM loot nabbed from Kolkata

Bolangir: More than two-and-half-month after a sensational loot of cash to the tune of Rs 80 lakh from different bank ATM counters, the Bolangir Town Police  has finally managed to nab the prime accused from Kolkata.

Police have also seized cash worth Rs 26,46,700 and 10 SIM cards from the possession of the accused who has been identified as Sunil Kumar Sahu.

Talking to the media persons, Bolangir SP Ashish Kumar Singh said the authorities of Axis Bank, State Bank of India (SBI) and ICICI Bank had assigned Tikeswar Pradhan and Sunil Kumar Sahu, employees of CMS company, on November 5 last year to deposit Rs 1.28 core in their respective ATM counters.

“The duo as usual deposited the said amount in these ATM counters on November 5. But the banks came to know about the shortage of Rs 80 lakh cash in their ATM counters on the next day and informed the police. During investigation, police came to know that the duo had gone to the ATM counters in Saintala, Badmal, Tusra, Belpada and Bolangir town in a Bolero jeep in the night on November 6. There, Sunil managed to withdraw cash using his and Tikeswar’s password,” the SP informed.

He further said as ill luck would have it, the Centre on November 8, announced demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes two days after the incident.

“As police did not find damage in any ATM, it had its doubt on the CMS employees. After examining the CCTV cameras in these ATM counters, police found Sunil and Tikeswar as the culprits. Police later arrested Tikeswar and acting on his information, it later arrested Sunil from Kolkata on January 26 after tracking his mobile phone. Police have forwarded him to the court and detained his wife for further interrogation,” Singh added.

He also said after reaching Kolkata, Sunil managed to exchange the old notes with new notes with the help of a broker. “We are interrogating his wife to know about her complicity in this case. Besides, efforts are on to arrest the broker and recover the remaining amount from him,” he pointed out.

Police had earlier arrested Sunil’s brother-in-law and another CMS staff in this connection and forwarded him to court.

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