Rs 61L stolen in broad daylight

Thieves distract security man, disappear with cash box from van

Thieves took off with Rs 61 lakh from a cash van on Wednesday afternoon after diverting a security guard's attention in central Delhi's Karol Bagh on Wednesday afternoon.

Thieves struck around 1.20 pm when the ECS company’s van stopped on the roadside at Naiwalan in Karol Bagh after collecting cash from various liquor shops in central Delhi. The company deposits the cash at Corporation Bank.

Security guard Yashwant Singh, driver Azad Singh and company employees Surjeet and Dayachand were in the van.

“After the van stopped there, Surjeet and Dayachand went towards a liquor shop to collect cash. Meanwhile, Azad left the van and went to drink water,” said a police officer, quoting the security guard.

Yashwant came out of the van and stood at the rear door, which was not locked.

 A man came out from a car which was parked next to the van, telling the guard that Rs 10 notes were lying about, and it could be his money. The man then went away.
Yashwant started picking up the notes found beside the van. When he returned to the rear, he found the van door open. The car was gone.

When Surjeet and Dayachand came back, he narrated the whole incident. They checked the van and found the cash box containing Rs 61 lakh missing, police said.

“We received a call at the police control room and reached the spot,” said a police officer.
Police learnt that when the driver and the two employees left the van, they forgot to lock the van.

The cash box might have been taken out of the van when the securityman was collecting the money lying on the road, police said.

“We are questioning all the four men to ascertain the exact sequence of events. So far, no one has been given a clean chit. We are also trying to get closed-circuit television footage from cameras installed at nearby buildings,” said the officer.

A case of theft has been registered with Karol Bagh police station.

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