4 men target cash van, loot Rs 1.68 cr

CMSWhile fleeing in a white Verna, the robbers also took away two 12 bore short barrel guns being carried by security personnel.

Four men looted Rs 1.68 crore from a CMS security van ferrying cash to ATMs at Barotiwala on the Siswan-Baddi road on Monday morning. Three of them were dressed in police uniform.

While fleeing in a white Verna, the robbers also took away two 12 bore short barrel guns being carried by security personnel, driver Neempal's phone and the keys of the cash van. The van was supposed to fill cash in Axis Bank's ATMs in the Barotiwala and Baddi region.

Impersonating as police personnel, three men stopped the CMS cash van (PB 10 DS 61950) near the Madhawala village on the pretext of checking the driver's licence and vehicle documents. According to the police, the fourth person was sitting in the Verna parked on the road. Coming from Sector 47, Chandigarh, the van carrying two security men and one cash-box incharge along with a driver was made to stop at the opposite end of the road.

As per the police, the robbers took away the cash box after spraying chilly and pepper powder on the four men inside the cash van. "The driver told us that one of the robbers dressed in police uniform approached him, asking for his licence. As he rolled down the glass window, he was sprayed with pepper powder. In the meantime, other robbers got into the vehicle from the left door and sprayed chilli powder on the two gunmen sitting in the front with the driver and one on the rear seat along with the cash box incharge. Then they took away their guns," said Rajbir Deswal, Commissioner of Police (Panchkula-Ambala).

"As told to the police, the gunmen sitting on the rear seat was pushed aside and the robbers opened the latch to the vault and took away the box carrying the money," he added.

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