The prime accused in the Lucknow cash van loot and murder case was nabbed by the Uttar Pradesh police on Sunday after an extensive manhunt.
The accused was arrested from the Lalganj area of Raebareli, where he was hiding aided by his brother-in-law, the police said. The accused was identified as Vineet Tiwari (38).
In the sensational heist on July 30 afternoon, a guard of a private cash collecting agency was shot dead and another person injured outside a local Axis Bank branch by the suspect in a brazen robbery. The suspect fled the scene on a motorbike with a bag with more than Rs. 6.4 lakh, brandishing his pistol at the witnesses.
In a major breakthrough on Saturday, the police traced the rented apartment in Indrapuri Colony in Krishnanagar area where the accused was living. An empty magazine, the motorcycle used in the incident, the accused’s shoes, a bag and his personal identity cards like Aadhaar and voter’s ID and photos were recovered from the location, the police said in a statement.
The accused was then arrested from Raebareli. The numberplate of the motorcycle, the .315 bore country-made pistol used by him and an amount of Rs. 4.73 lakh were recovered from the accused.
His brother-in-law Kavindra Pandey was also arrested for sheltering him.
According to the police, Tiwari ran a momos stall near the Manaknagar station. His father was a Grade IV retired employee of the Health Department and the accused reportedly committed the crime to fund his daughter’s education.
IG Lucknow Sujeet Kumar Pandey said he had come to the bank to loot a customer whom he had been stalking for a while. “He had also done a recce on July 27,” Mr. Pandey said.
However, at the location, the accused got into a conversation with the cash van driver and came to know about the money stocked inside, tempting him to change his target.
Mr. Pandey said police made witnesses go through 750-800 photos of suspects and used an application to test resemblance of the accused.
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