Police have arrested four people for their alleged involvement in stealing Tk80 lakh from National Bank, and also have recovered Tk60 lakh of the stolen money from their possession.
Joint Police Commissioner of Detective Branch (DB) Md Mahbub Alam confirmed the media of the matter at a press conference on Tuesday at the DB office.
The arrestees are Md Hannan, alias briefcase Hannan, alias Robin, alias Rafiqul Islam, and his associates Md Mostofa, Md Babul Mia and Mst Parveen.
The DB official said that Md Hannan, the mastermind of the group, had over 30 cases against him; and the others were also wanted in some other cases.
"On May 10, a sack of Tk80 lakh of National Bank was lost from a vehicle in the capital. The money was collected from different branches of the bank in the old town. Alongside police, the detective branch started shadow investigation of the incident," Mahbub Alam said.
Analyzing data and information, the four robbers were held from different areas of the capital. Police have recovered Tk60 lakh and two foreign-made pistols from their possession, he added.
How the money was stolen
Md Saifur Rahman, additional police commissioner of DB's Kotwali zonal team, said that Hannan and his associates were basically members of a snatchers' group.
"On May 10, an executive and security guard of National Bank went to collect money from the Islampur branch of the bank. Another security guard and the car driver were inside the car. Then, Hannan and his associates started chatting with the driver," Saifur Rahman said.
As the bank executive and security guard were making delay, they sent the car driver to look into the matter.
Meanwhile, another associate of Hannan opened the car and took a sack of money, said the police official.
Later, he took the money to his residence in Aramanitola, and distributed the money among the associates. He paid Tk25,000 to each of the members and started spending the money in different ways, Saifur added.