On the night of 8/10/2018, around 22.05 hrs a PCR call was received regarding an attempt to loot cash with gun shots being fired on DND Flyway towards Hotel Crowne Plaza. Immediately, the emergency IO along with several personnel from the PS staff rushed to the spot. Upon reaching the spot, an abandoned cash van and a Nissan Sunny was found, 3 spent rounds were spotted along with blood spots on the road.
One Sandeep Kumar Shukla, an employee of Brinks (a cash handling company) who was the custodian of the cash van approached the police party on the spot and informed that there were three persons in the cash van – the driver Mahender, the guard/gunman Bishamber and he himself as the custodian. They were ferrying the cash collection from the Brinks office at Janakpuri Community Centre to the Brinks cash vault at Sector 2 Noida. When they were about to exit the DND Flyway onto Noida Link Road near Crowne Plaza Hotel, one white Scorpio car came from behind and grazed across the back of the cash van upon which the occupants of the Scorpio got into an argument with the Brinks staff inside the cash van.
During the course of this argument two persons alighted from the Scorpio and immediately started firing. One of the gun shots struck the gunman in the neck, upon which the custodian and the driver immediately ran out of the cash van to save their lives. While they were running the custodian noticed that two persons from a Nissan Sunny parked a little behind the cash van also alighted and ran towards the cash van attempting to unlock the gates of the van. One of them fired at the lock to break it open while the other took control of the vehicle and attempted to drive away with it. When they failed in doing so, all of them fled in the Scorpio car leaving behind the cash van and the Nissan Sunny. The gunman was immediately taken to the hospital for treatment.
On the statement of the custodian Sandeep Kumar Shukla, a case was registered under various sections. Upon the death of the gunman Bishamber the next day, Section 302 IPC was added to the case.
Immediately, several teams were constituted under the joint leadership of ACP Mayur Vihar Shobhit Saksena, IPS and ACP Preet Vihar Rohit Rajbir Singh, IPS. Over the course of six days intensive investigation was carried out round the clock. The teams were able to gather several important pieces of evidence such as the identity of the vehicles, CCTV footages from several spots and carried out analysis of multiple technical and human intelligence inputs. The efforts of the team led to the conclusion that a conspiracy was hatched by these criminals with one employee of Brinks Parvesh who are all residents of Mukimpur Village in Sonepat to loot the cash van. All accused persons were identified.
Upon identification of the accused, several raids were simultaneously carried out across Delhi, UP and Haryana during the course of which information regarding the movement of accused across NCR was received. A trap was laid on the night of 16-17 October 2018 on the Delhi-Noida Link Road where as per information the accused persons arrived in the same white Scorpio used in the offence and were immediately apprehended.
Interrogation of the accused revealed that 6 of the accused persons belonged to Sonepat district of Haryana and were known to each other since childhood. During the course of time, one of them Sunil took to crime and remained in and out of jail since 2011, having been involved in several offences ranging from ATM fraud, attempt to culpable homicide, Girohbandi and Arms Act. He joined hands with his old friends Mohit and Kapil, also from the same village to loot persons on the highway of their vehicles and belongings. Mohit was also absconding in a case of murder in Sonepat, so all three readily formed a gang committing robberies across NCR. They stole 2 vehicles and robbed 1 vehicle from Noida.
The three Sunil, Mohit and Kapil then decided to graduate to bigger loots and added more persons in their gang –Bijender and Sachin. Sachin provided them with logistical assistance such as procuring of arms, getting fake number plates and suggesting places where they could go into hiding after the commission of offences while Bijender was used to increase their strength on the ground. All of them together were on the lookout for a big loot for which they approached Sandeep and Parvesh who also belonged to the same village Mukimpur in Sonepat and had experience working with cash vans. While Parvesh was currently employed with Brinks, Sandeep had worked with Brinks as a custodian some time back. Both of them willingly joined their plan and Parvesh provided them with critical information such as which cash van had most cash and moved along a vulnerable path and how much cash it would carry. Sandeep who used to work with Brinks offered to be on the ground with the gang at the time of the loot as he knew how to operate the cash van and could help them in breaking open the locks and driving away with the cash.
Several weeks of planning had been put into the execution of the robbery bid during the course of which the gang stole three vehicles – one Pulsar from Prahladpur Chowk, PS Shabad Dairy, one Nissan Sunny which was stolen from GT K Road, PS Alipur using the Pulsar and one Mahindra Scorpio which was looted after firing from Sector 24 Noida. Arms and ammunition was procured in bulk. New SIM cards were purchased.
On Oct. 8/10, as soon as they intercepted the cash van and started firing, in that confusion they couldn’t break open the inner vault or find the keys to the remaining locks. This foiled their loot as they could not access the inner vault, which carried Rs. 4.2 crores. Technical inputs have revealed that the gang was not deterred even after they failed to execute this robbery and were already trying to plan other loots across NCR. The police recovered 2 semi-automatic pistols, 2 country-made pistols, 19 cartridges, one mobile phone, and, one Nissan Sunny.