In reportedly the biggest cash van heist ever registered in Delhi, a driver who allegedly decamped with cash worth 22.5 crore belonging to Axis Bank on Thursday, has been arrested.
The incident occurred near Modi Mill in Govindpuri area of South Delhi. The driver sped away with the cash when the security guard who was accompanying him, got off the vehicle to relieve himself.
The van, which was headed towards Okhla, was traced to the Govindpuri metro station about 20 minutes later, using its GPS device. But the van had been emptied of all the cash boxes kept inside by the time it was found, and the driver Pradeep Shukla was also reported missing.
Several police teams fanned out in search of the driver across Delhi and surrounding areas. CCTV footage was analysed and patrolling was intensified across the city.
The driver was apprehended from a warehouse near the place where the van was found abandoned.
Shukla, a native of Ballia in UP, had been employed only two months back by SIS, the cash replenishment company, in charge of transporting the cash.