Robbers seize cash van, drive away with Rs 5cr

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NEW DELHI: In a daring strike on Friday afternoon, in a service lane right next to the BRT bottleneck at Defence Colony, robbers shot at the guard of a bank's cash van and drove away with Rs 5.25 crore. The gang - which had at least seven men - was lying in wait in a car, just after a petrol pump. There were four men in the car, armed with weapons, and probably more on the ground. About two hours later, the van was found abandoned at Hauz Rani in south Delhi. The guard, Munne Singh, 32, died late at night.

In an unusual coincidence which the police are still examining, the driver of the van left the main road - where it narrows, forcing the traffic to slow down - and entered the service lane to drive right into the trap.

The van, a Maruti Eeco, belongs to a private cash replenishment company, Premiere Shield. According to the police, the cash had been withdrawn from the Hauz Khas branch of ICICI Bank and was being taken to its Lajpat Nagar-I branch.

Senior investigators claimed that the robbery, which took place around 1pm outside a leading food store located at D-12, Defence Colony - barely 200 metres away from the Lajpat Nagar Metro station - was carried out in less than five minutes and seemed to have been meticulously planned.

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