Yet another case of an ATM van driver making off with the bounty has been reported from Bengaluru.
The driver of the ATM van, Sibbal Hussein Majumdar, who works for the Security India Company set the HAL Airport police on a wild goose chase on Saturdaynight after he fled with Rs 20 lakh in Rs 2,000 denomination.
Hussein, along with two custodians and a gunman set off from Madiwala to deposit money at SBI ATMs across the city.
"They initially deposited Rs 2 lakh at an ATM in Koramangala and made their way to NAL Road. The two custodians and the gunman took out Rs 13 lakh and went to deposit it in three ATMs. In the meantime, Majumdar drove away with Rs 20 lakh cash at 5.15 pm. When the custodians returned, they could not find Majumdar or the van. They tried to look for Sibban and informed their company officials. With no luck, the company officials filed an FIR at 8.30 pm. We deployed search team and the van was finally located at Yemlur Kodi but Majumdar had fled with the box containing Rs 20 lakh," said SI Nagaraj of the HAL Airport Police Station.
The police then sent search teams to the Sangolli Rayanna Railway Station, Yeshwanthpur Railway Station and KR Puram Railway Station to look for Majumdar.
"We were looking for Sibbal Majumdar all night. This morning, we received a call from the HSR Layout Police saying that they had found a box at a cemetery in the area. We went to the spot and found the box. We suspect that the driver had left the box there and fled as he was unable to break open the lock," SI Nagarja added.
Police said that the missing money was recovered but Sibbal Majumdar is still at large.
A case has been filed under section 381 of the IPC and the police are in the process of tracking down the driver, SI Nagraj added.
Dominic Roy, a van driver fled with a cash van carrying Rs 1.37 crore in cash on November 23, and was nabbed on November 28, a day after his wife surrendered to the police with Rs 79 lakh.