No progress yet in Vanasthalipuram daylight heist

Police team returned empty handed from Ramji Nagar

Two weeks after Rachakonda police concluded that the Ramji Nagar gang of Tamil Nadu was involved in the daylight heist at Vanasthalipuram, there seems to be no progress in the investigation.

The sleuths of Special Operation Team (SOT), who have been deputed to Tamil Nadu to catch the gang members involved in the offence, are yielding very little results.

It is also learnt that a team of Hyderabad Commissioner’s Task Force, who went to Tiruchi in pursuit of the gang, without the knowledge of Rachakonda police, had come back with ‘empty hands’ as there was no breakthrough.

The Rachakonda police maintained that the attempt of Task Force to nab the suspects had affected the investigation on their part. “We were not aware that Hyderabad police were also pursuing the case and sent a team to Tamil Nadu. Possibly, the gang must have got information about their presence in the area and went underground,” a police officer associated with the investigation said.

By the time, the SOT reached Ramji Nagar, the houses of the suspects were locked and neighbours are tightlipped about their sudden disappearance, the officer said.

Surveillance cameras

Seven people are suspected to be involved in the heist, out of which the identity of five people was ascertained after they were caught on surveillance cameras, police said.

Experts in attention-diversion robberies, the Ramji Nagar gangs operate across the southern and central States of the country and have a well-connected network with political parties, police and lawmakers.

It was on May 7, when five members of the gang diverted the attention of the cash management agency employees at Panama Junction, and fled with ₹ 58.97 lakh cash-filled in a trunk box.

The offenders escaped in a passenger autorickshaw till LB Nagar ring road and from there they took another auto to Moosarambagh, where the cash was shifted into a bag and the trunk was abandoned in a Sulabh Complex, the investigators said.

Following up

“Golden hours of the investigation was wasted in tracking and identifying the auto rickshaws they travelled, which was of no use, as the auto drivers were unable to give any useful information about them,” the officer said.

Apart from operating on the tip-offs by the local informants, the SOT is maintaining a round-the-clock surveillance on the houses of the suspect in Ramji Nagar.

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