Kasargod,Sep 30, 2015 : Police have arrested one of the suspects in the Vijaya Bank robbery case at Chervattur. The arrested person Yusuf from Trikkaripura is learnt to have divulged some vital information to the cops during interrogation.
Meanwhile, police have released two sketches of the main suspect in the case. It has been gathered that the arrested Yusuf had taken the main suspect to the building where the bank is housed to introduce him to the landlord so that he could take a room below the bank premises for rent.
Here it may mentioned that cash of Rs 2.95 lakh apart from gold weighing 19.75 kg were stolen from the bank by thieves who had entered the bank premises by drilling a hole through the shop in the lower floor.
One Ismail from Manjeshwar Kadambar is said to be the mastermind behind the robbery and presently he and four of his accomplices are said to be absconding. It is said the papers which Ismail said belonged to his wife and which he had submitted to the landlord while getting the premises for rent, were fake.
It has been gathered that he had taken the room on rent three months ago stating he intended to start a footwear and fancy store and had even brought a few workers to get the interiors done. However, he had started the work to drill a hole on the ceiling of his room which led directly to the strong room of the bank.
State Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala and ADGP (North) Shanker Reddy visited the bank on September 29, Tuesday and spoke to the police officials
The CCTV footage from a nearby farmers’ co-operative bank shows the thieves moving out of Vijaya Bank premises but the pictures are vague.
Kanhangad DySP Harishchandra Naik is leading the investigation team which comprises of KE Premachandran and M Rajesh, SIs of Neeleshwar and Chandera respectively.
Police have launched a manhunt for the accused not only in Kerala but also in the nearby states.