Inter-state gang of bank robbers smashed

Rewari (Haryana): Police on Sunday claimed to have smashed an inter-state gang of bank robbers with the arrest of its alleged kingpin, a serving army man and his brother.

Alleged kingpin Maman Singh, the army man, and his brother Ram Lal, both residents of Seethal village in Alwar district of Rajasthan, have been arrested, they said.

Earlier, two other alleged gang members Prakash Yadav, a Lance Naik in the army, and Hoshiar Singh, both residents of Khanpur village of Alwar district, were arrested by the police on February 6.

Police said that the fifth member, Arvind, a serving soldier and resident of Kheda Khurrampur village in Gurgaon district, is yet to be arrested.

Police said they have seized a looted amount of Rs 10.70 lakh out of a total of Rs 66.69 lakh, five motorcycles, ten pistols, 215 live cartridges, including cartridges of AK-47 Rifles and SLRs as well as three hand grenades from those arrested.

The gang had robbed banks in Rewari, Gurgaon and Mahendergarh districts of Haryana and two banks in Alwar district of Rajasthan in period from July, 2007 till December, 2009, police said.

It had also committed murders in the course of robberies, they added.