The Kolkata Police have recovered Rs 16 lakh of the total money that was looted in the series of incidents of ATM breaking after conducting raid at a house in Asansol which belongs to the relative of the prime accused on Wednesday night.
It may be mentioned that the prime accused Sk Kalam was arrested on Tuesday night from Dhanbad railway station. Later during interrogation the youth from Pilkhana in Howrah had revealed details of other members of the gang.
He had also told the police that he had kept the money of his share with a relative. Thus the police had conducted a raid in the relative’s house along with Kalam and recovered the money.
The gang had looted more than Rs 1 crore after breaking ATMs at Domjur in Howrah, Madhyamgram and Dum Dum in North 24-Parganas, Sinthee in Kolkata and Serampore in Hooghly.
Being the local youth Kalam’s share was more than compared to that of other members of the gang.
Police came to know that most members of the group are from Haryana and some other states. They used to come to the city a day before committing the crime and used to leave West Bengal within hours after breaking an ATM.
But police suspect that there are some more people from the state those are involved with the racket. The reason being it was not possible for Kalam alone to identify the ATMs where the gang undertook the operations.
Police are thus suspecting that someone from North 24-Parganas was also involved with the crime and he had provided all necessary tip-offs before looting the ATMs at Dum Dum and Sinthee.
The city police officers held a meeting with the officers from both Bidhannagar Commissionerate and Barrackpore Commissionerate to get information about the members of the gang from North 24-Paraganas.
Sources said that the police had asked Kalam whether any one from the state is involved with the gang. But he had claimed that he was only member from here and rests used to come from other states.
The gang from Haryana with whom Kalam had met during his visit with a purpose of cattle trade. Police came to know that the same gang operates in different parts of the state and they had looted more than 150 ATMs.
The gang had looted Rs 33.82 lakh from an ATM at Sinthee. The police are now trying to find that the recovered money was looted from which ATM by matching the serial numbers on the currencies.
The police are also trying to find whether the relatives, from whom the money was recovered, had any role in the crime.