Three suspects arrested in ATM robbery case; Rs 20L recovered

Correspondent IMPHAL, Sep 17 | Publish Date: 9/17/2020 12:54:51 PM IST

Manipur police have arrested three employees of an SBI ATM cash management agency suspected to be involved in the ATM robbery case and killing of a cash custodian in Manipur’s Churachandpur district on September 4.

The police further recovered Rs 20 lakh from the possession of one of the three suspects which police suspects to be a part of the money that had been looted.

On September 4 last, unidentified robbers shot and injured Arambam Ranjan (37) who worked as cash custodian of SBI Churachandpur branch replenishing money in bank ATMs and looted around Rs 1.15 crore.

Ranjan succumbed to bullet injuries on the way to a hospital in Imphal where he was referred from Churachandpur district hospital. “During investigation carried out so far, three employees of Writers Safeguard Group (WSG), sub-contracted agency of SBI for ATM cash management, have been arrested as suspects in the killing of the victim,” Churachandpur police said in a statement.

The arrested suspects are:  V Thanglianpou (40), K Somen Singh (36) and Khongkham Brojen Singh (40), the police said.

During the investigation, the statement said, it was found that the three have been involved in siphoning of ATM money for the past five years to an amount exceeding Rs two crore, the police said. 

Further investigation of the trio led to the recovery of Rs 20 lakh from the possession of one of the arrested, it added.

The investigation further revealed that on the day of the incident, only three members, instead of five, were present to carry out the ATM money depositing task, the police said.

The arrest of the three suspects and recovery of the cash amount could be just the tip of the ice-berg in the involvement of more officials of the WSG coming into light, the police added in the statement.

Mention may be made that police had also announced a cash reward of Rs one lakh to anyone who provides information on suspects in the murder and loot case.

The district police investigating the case had also taken three colleagues of the deceased banker for questioning.

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