For Vijay, it was his ‘crime of lifetime’

Police on Sunday confirmed the arrest of Vijay Pandit alias Vijay Singh Nahar, one of the main accused in the Rs 5.25-crore Defence Colony heist, who had dreamt of "a crime of his lifetime" that would allow him to settle down with his family to a quiet life outside Delhi.

The 37-year-old resident of Maidangarhi was arrested on Saturday from the Palwal bus-stand where he had gone to meet relatives.

A Maruti car was seized from him. This car was also used during reconnaissance trips when the robbers were trailing the cash van in the days before the heist.

Vijay told police that he got

Rs 90 lakh from the loot and he gave Rs 86 lakh to his relatives — Tekchand and Krishan Kumar — for safekeeping. The relatives were arrested and the money recovered two days after Vijay and four others looted the van transporting money from ICICI Bank's Hauz Khas branch on September 30.

Altogether 10 people, including prime accused Hari Kishan and his wife Rashmi, have been arrested for the daylight robbery.

After catching Vijay on Saturday, police raided locations in Rewari and Gurgaon for an associate who has been allegedly given a pistol used in the crime and a portion of the loot. He is absconding.

Vijay told police that he had spent Rs 4 lakh from his share of Rs 90 lakh over the past week as he kept shifting from one hideout to another, including a couple of days in Haridwar.

Police said Vijay has been involved in about 27 cases of murder, kidnapping, robbery and theft. He has been convicted in three cases.

He contributed his bit to the plot that Hari Kishan hatched when they met in Tihar Jail. He was in the group of criminal Billoo Solanki, police said.

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