Sambalpur: Sambalpur police on Thursday arrested nine people including a minor in connection with the loot of Rs 35.41 lakh of Laimura Branch of Union Bank of India Deogarh district on November 9 last.
Two people involved in the crime are still at large. Police have also seized Rs 10.09 lakh from the possession of the arrested accused people.
Reports said, two staff of the Laimura Branch of Union Bank of India, Assistant Manager, Binit Kujur and another staff, Sadashiv Bantha were returning to Laimura after collecting cash of Rs 35,41,000 from the Sambalpur branch of Union Bank of India in a private four-wheeler when the gang looted the money.
Two people came on a bike and stopped in front of the four-wheeler near village Thuntipipal under the Kuchinda police station in Sambalpur district.
The driver of the four-wheeler was forced to stop the vehicle. In the meantime, 4 other people came from both the sides of the road and all the six accused people looted the cash bag besides the key of the vehicle, purse and mobile phone from the driver as well as of the two bank staff and fled the spot.
Sambalpur Superintendent of Police (SP), Kanwar Vishal Singh said, following the incident, four separate teams were formed.
Based on evidence available and progress of investigation, it was ascertained that not six, but 11 people were involved in the planning and execution of the loot.
Accused Gobind Kisan had visited the bank for routine banking work and observed that a vehicle was supposed to go to Sambalpur to collect cash and likely to return to Laimura in the evening.
He informed about the same to another accused Sumanta Lakra, who immediately planned the dacoity with another accused Chitrasen Lakra and gathered all other accomplices to execute the loot.
While six people were present on the spot and committed the dacoity, the other accused people were involved in logistics arrangements and transportation, he said.