2 engineering students held for Kanpur bank robbery

The police on Thursday arrested two engineering students of a Kanpur-based institute for allegedly robbing Rs 23 lakh from a Bank of Baroda branch in Kidwai Nagar police station area of Kanpur last month.

Additional Director General (Law and Order) Arun Kumar said the police arrested Jitendra Singh Rajpoot and Abhyuday Singh alias Anshul, both residents of Kanpur, who are students of B Tech at Apoorva Institute in Maharajpur area of Kanpur district. Kumar said the police has recovered Rs 18.59 lakh and also seized a bicycle and mobile phone bought with the looted money.

Kumar said Jitendra and Abhyuday, along with one of their friends who studies in Delhi and is yet to be arrested, had planned the robbery. He said they had also stolen a motorbike from a parking stand a few days before the incident and this motorbike was used for fleeing after the robbery. According to police, on November 29, two boys had entered the bank wearing helmets, they bolted the main door from inside and held the manager, cashier and five visitors at gunpoint. The robbers had collected cash from the cashier's counter and the strongroom with the help of the manager and the cashier. Kumar said there was no security guard deployed at the bank on the day of the robbery.

Later, the accused dumped their clothes, helmets and shoes, and also burnt the motorbike. The police said, Jitendra and Abhyuday submitted Rs 25,000 and Rs 10,000 respectively from the robbed money for their college fees. They also bought a bicycle, a mobile phone and some clothes from the money.

Meanwhile, Kumar added that the police was considering to develop a separate cadre of security guards specially dedicated for the security of banks in the state.

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