Police in Manipur’s Churachandpur district have claimed to have arrested three suspects involved in the incident of September 4 where Rs 1.15 crore meant for SBI ATM replenishment was looted after killing a cash custodian.
According to the police, the arrested suspects were identified as V Thanglianpou (40), K Somen Singh (36) son of K Achauba Singh and Khongkham Brojen Singh (40).
On September 4, armed miscreants shot at Arambam Ranjan (37), an employee of WSG who worked as cash custodian, in front of the SBI branch in the busy market area of Churachandpur town and fled away with Rs 1.15 crore in cash meant for replenishment of SBI ATMs in the town. Arambam who sustained two bullet injuries on his abdomen later succumbed to injuries on the way to a hospital in Imphal.
The Churachandpur police, in a statement late Wednesday, stated that the three were arrested for looting of Rs 1.15 crore ATM money and their involvement in some way in the killing of Arambam Ranjan.
The district police has been investigating the killing and looting incident after registering a case. The police said that during the investigation, they found that the three who were earlier picked up for interrogation were involved in looting of ATM money for the past five years, to an amount exceeding Rs 2 crore.
A cash amount of Rs Rs 20 lakh recovered from the house of one of the arrested, the police claimed. During investigation, the police came to know that on the day of the incident, only three members, instead of five, were present to carry out the ATM money depositing task.
Earlier, police had announced a cash reward of Rs one lakh for anyone providing facts leading to the arrest of the culprits.