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Kanpur engineers, inspired by Ocean's 11, arrested after Bank robbery

Four people, including two students, who carried out a sophisticated robbery - inspired by Hollywood film Ocean's 11 - at a bank here last month, have been arrested and most of the stolen Rs.23 lakh recovered, police said.

Announcing the solving of the case, Kanpur Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Yashaswi Yadav said that out of the Rs.23 lakh looted from the Bank of Baroda branch in Nirala Nagar here, Rs.19 lakh had been recovered from the three persons - Anshul, Shailendra and Jitendra, who were arrested earlier in the day.

Their accomplice Atif was picked up by a team of Kanpur police from New Delhi.

Yadav said that what had even stunned the cops was the robbers' modus operandi - use of technology and social networking sites in the crime.

"The robbers had put tape on their fingers so as not to leave any finger prints, they were wearing helmets and goggles to prevent identification and talked to each other on ear phones," he said, and said that soon after the bank robbery, they broke and threw away their SIM cards and separated.

During interrogation, the trio told cops that they had taken inspiration from Hollywood flick "Ocean's 11", a film on robberies in Las Vegas casinos.

One of the bank robbers is a computer science engineer and other an information technology (IT) engineering student. One of them had also used some of the looted money to pay his college fees.

The police team that cracked the case has been awarded Rs.50,000 by the inspector general of police (IG) and the district police chief said he would be additionally giving them Rs.10,000 as a reward.

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2 engineering students held for Kanpur bank robbery

Lucknow The police on Thursday arrested two engineering students of a Kanpur-based institute for allegedly robbing Rs 23 lakh from a Bank of Baroda branch in Kidwai Nagar police station area of Kanpur last month.

Additional Director General (Law and Order) Arun Kumar said the police arrested Jitendra Singh Rajpoot and Abhyuday Singh alias Anshul, both residents of Kanpur, who are students of B Tech at Apoorva Institute in Maharajpur area of Kanpur district. Kumar said the police has recovered Rs 18.59 lakh and also seized a bicycle and mobile phone bought with the looted money.

Kumar said Jitendra and Abhyuday, along with one of their friends who studies in Delhi and is yet to be arrested, had planned the robbery. He said they had also stolen a motorbike from a parking stand a few days before the incident and this motorbike was used for fleeing after the robbery. According to police, on November 29, two boys had entered the bank wearing helmets, they bolted the main door from inside and held the manager, cashier and five visitors at gunpoint. The robbers had collected cash from the cashier’s counter and the strongroom with the help of the manager and the cashier. Kumar said there was no security guard deployed at the bank on the day of the robbery.

Later, the accused dumped their clothes, helmets and shoes, and also burnt the motorbike. The police said, Jitendra and Abhyuday submitted Rs 25,000 and Rs 10,000 respectively from the robbed money for their college fees. They also bought a bicycle, a mobile phone and some clothes from the money.

Meanwhile, Kumar added that the police was considering to develop a separate cadre of security guards specially dedicated for the security of banks in the state.

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