CCTV footage led to arrest

The CCTV footage captured at  the Chikkabanavara branch of the Corporation Bank proved crucial in identifying the youth who took away Rs 15 lakh from the bank on Monday, after  opening fire on a customer.

The cameras had captured the entire incident involving Divesh Kumar Singh, the lone gun-toting man in the bank. He had not covered his face, was wearing a peaked cap and had a bag.

Senior police officials who rushed to the spot retrieved the footage. A video grab of the assailant was immediately taken and faxed across all police divisions.

S N Siddaramappa, DCP (North), told Deccan Herald that police officers panned out across the City – Yeshwantpur, City Railway Station, Kempegowda Bus Stand and all the lodges with the video grab.

It was the Jalahalli police team, comprising Inspector Jayaram and constables Mahesh Kumar and Jagadish Kumar, which spotted Singh at Sanman Lodge in Majestic.

As the officers were inquiring with the staff, a youth in his mid-20s  resembling the person in the video grab came down the stairs. As the police approached him, he tried to flee. However, constable Mahesh Kumar chased him and managed to catch him. It took only a few minutes for him to admit to the crime. The police recovered a country-made pistol, two magazines of live ammunition and Rs 7.09 lakh in cash from his bag.

Singh, 22, is an engineering dropout. Based on the information given by him, police arrested Imran Ali, 22, Prem Kumar Sahu, 22, Vikas Kumar Gupta, 22, and recovered Rs three lakh from them.

“It was conventional policing and detection at its best. It is the constables who have to be given credit for cracking the case,” said T Suneel Kumar, Additional Commissioner (Law and Order).

How it happened

Singh, a native of Siwan district in Bihar, came to the City in 2010 and enrolled for Mechanical Engineering at Acharya Institute of Technology. He dropped out as he repeatedly failed in exams. He was in a debt-trap as he had borrowed money for his education. He conspired with his three classmates Imran Ali, Prem Kumar Sahu and Vikas Kumar Gupta, to make a fast buck. Ali, through his contacts in Bihar, procured a country-made pistol and live ammunition a week ago and gave it to his friends.

Singh, Sahu and Gupta visited the bank branch before the robbery on the pretext of opening an account. Police have recovered CCTV footage of these visits. As Singh barged into the bank, Sahu and Gupta stood guard outside. After Singh came out they fled to Sanman Lodge and shared the booty.

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