Arrests Made in Punjab National Bank Robbery Case

Five robbers arrested; cash and other items recovered.

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Patna: Police in Patna on Friday cracked open the June 22 armed robbery of a Punjab National Bank branch in Anisabad following the arrest of five men who were able to walk out of the bank with more than Rs. 52 lakh in cash.

At a press conference on Friday, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Upendra Sharma said that based on an anonymous tip, police found out Aman Kumar, the robbery mastermind, was living in a rented house in Bank Colony under Jakkanpur police station.

Consequently, police raided the house and arrested Aman Kumar, an English teacher working for a coaching center in Patna, who led the police to the arrest of four more of his partners in crime.

Three men who also took part in the broad daylight robbery, however, remain out the clutches of the police.

Besides Aman Kumar, a.k.a. Satyam Shukla of Nalanda, the other men were identified as Ganesh Kumar of Buddha Colony in Patna, Sone Lal of Vaishali, Prafulla Pant of Sitamarhi, and Hari Narayan of Samastipur.

Police also recovered a little over Rs. 33 lakh in cash, illegal drugs, a gold chain with a gold locket, a gold-framed Rudraksha Mala, three motorcycles, five country-made pistols, 16 bullets and five cell phones from their possession.

The SSP said the plan to rob the PNB in Anisabad was made after Aman Kumar scoped out the security arrangement of many banks in Patna and its adjacent regions for nearly six months. He then recruited seven men for the job and held a meeting at Mangal Talab to finalize his plan.

The plan was put in action on June 22 when they held up the PNB bank in Anisabad. After they robbed the bank of over Rs. 52 lakh, the criminals escaped in different directions to avoid being caught by the police, Sharma said.

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