Rs. 80 Lakhs Looted from Cash Van in Dwarka
New Delhi: Two men abducted the gunman and driver of a cash van at gunpoint and took away the Rs 80 lakh kept in the cash box. The incident took place near a private hospital in Dwarka on Thursday afternoon. The spot was just 100 metres away from a police post. The cash van was later found abandoned near Dwarka Sector 11 metro station with the gunman Vijay Kanth Mishra and the driver Dheeraj lying injured nearby. Police have admitted them to a private hospital and efforts are on to identify the criminals. Dheeraj told the cops that he had parked the cash van a white EECO car at a service lane in Sector 6 around 12.30pm. Narender and Vikas Kumar entered a kiosk to fill the ATM of a private bank while Dheeraj and Mishra stood outside with the cash van to keep a watch. After a few minutes, two men approached them from behind and held up a gun and a knife at them and forced them into the van. They then asked Dheeraj to drive towards Sector 11. The men dragged Dheeraj and Mishra out of the car at a secluded spot near the metro station. They asked the driver to open the cash box. When he hesitated, one of the robbers started thrashing him and also stabbed him once in his abdomen.
When Mishra tried to resist, the other robber hit him with the gun and then stabbed him as well. The accused even threw chilli powder on them. They subsequently took the keys from Dheeraj and opened the boot of the vehicle to remove the money from the cash box. Before leaving, they also snatched the mobile phones of the two men. In the meantime, Narender and Vikas stepped out of the ATM and informed their office about the cash van missing from the spot. Immediately, an alarm was raised and police were informed. The company tracked down the van using the GPS device around 2.30pm. Dheeraj and Mishra were lying on the footpath, bleeding profusely. Police said that they would record the statement of the two men once they were declared fit by the doctors. “We have registered a case of attempt to murder and robbery at the Dwarka (south) police station,” said Anto Alphonse, DCP, Dwarka. All the employees were working with the cash van company for more than one year. Police are verifying whether their antecedents were checked at the time of hiring. During the preliminary enquiry, the cops found that the men had filled cash in four other ATMs before heading to Dwarka. Narender told the cops that Rs 80 lakh was to be filled in other ATMs of the same private bank in Dwarka.
3 Employees Cheat Mobile Showroom of Rs.17 Lakhs, Held
Chennai: Three employees of a mobile phone showroom on RK Mutt Road have been arrested for misusing customers’ documents to secure loans and swindling a sum of Rs.17 lakhs. Police have arrested the main accused, K Santhakumar, 22, of Palavakkam along with Naveen Priyan and Prakash. They were attached to the loan section of the showroom. They have been arrested based on a complaint lodged by showroom manager Marcelin Joseph of Adyar. In his complaint, Marcelin stated that the showroom has a loan section to help people buy phones, laptops and two-wheelers. Santhakumar and the other two received documents from customers who wanted to buy phones and laptops on loan. With the help of the documents they applied for loans. After the loans were sanctioned and the sum released, the employees shared the money among themselves. They pocketed Rs.17 lakhs. The incident came to light when one of the customers received a text message stating his loan has been sanctioned. Police are investigating if more employees are involved.
Dust Storm Turns Oz City Orange
Australia: A dust storm turned the sky a vivid orange in the Australian city of Mildura on Thursday. The dust swept through the city around midday with winds measuring up to 40kmph and the mercury reaching almost 40°C. The storm was exacerbated by the same gale force winds that have contributed to deadly bushfires sweeping across Australia. PM Scott Morrison denied that his climate policies had caused unprecedented bushfires, saying Australia was ‘doing our bit.