Kasargod, September 30: A person has been arrested by the police in relation to the Vijaya bank robbery case which had taken place at Chervatthur. On Monday, September 28th the theft came to light. Cash Rs 2.95 lakhs and gold weighing around 19.75 kilograms were burgled from the bank.
Yusuf from Trikkaripura is the person arrested. Police have gathered some important information from him, said the sources.
Two sketches of the main suspect have been released.
Yusuf had introduced the main suspect Ismail to the landlord of the building.
Ismail previously said to be from Manjeshwara Kadambar has been identified in the case and the investigation is being done centered around him. Ismail and his four accomplices from outside the state are absconding.
Ismail had taken a room on rent located below the bank. The papers which he produced to get the room on rent are said to be fake. He had given the papers saying those belonged to his wife. Three months ago, he had taken the room stating the reason that he wanted to start a footwear and fancy store there. Four workers were brought from outside the state to do the interior work.
The rented room was used to bore a way directly through the ceiling into the strong room of the Vijaya bank which was situated just above. Investigations at Manjeshwar revealed that Ismail does not belong to that place as he had said. Now it is apparent that he wanted to mislead everyone from the beginning.
ADGP of north region Shankar Reddy visited the bank on Tuesday, September 29th.
State home minister Ramesh Chennithala also visited the bank and held discussions with police.
A team headed by Kanhangad DySP Harishchandra Naik has been formed to crack the Chervatthur branch Vijaya bank robbery case. Neeleshwar sub inspector K E Premachandran, Chandera sub inspector M Rajesh are also part of the investigation team.
CCTV cameras installed at Chervatthur Farmer’s bank opposite to the spot of the theft have captured some pictures which would help the investigations. The footages reveal images of thieves moving out from the bank with the loot but images are not very clear, it is learnt.
Police have launched search for the accused within the state and outside.