Officials of the Pune (rural) police arrested three notorious bank robbers in the wee hours of yesterday, but the gang leader Suresh Umak managed to escape.
All the accused robbers have 60 cases registered against them in the states of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra. The police recovered a car, two oxygen cylinders, an LPG cylinder, a gas cutter, a drill machine, an axe and iron rods, among other items, from the trio.
The arrested persons were identified as Pramod Ambadas Umak (36), of Kamlapur in Amravati district, Kishore Bhaurao Suradkar (28), a resident of Sinhnagar in Aurangabad, and Vishal Balu Kshirsagar (19) of Nimgaon Daku in Ahmadnagar.
Inspector Ashok Kshirsagar of the Shirur police station said that one Gangadhar Dnyandev Shitole, who has sugarcane fields near the Pune District Central Cooperative Bank branch in Ranjangaon, spotted three bags and gas cylinders in the bushes while he was on his way home on Saturday afternoon. He immediately alerted the police.
“After surveying the spot we suspected that the items hidden at the place could be part of a plot to rob a bank, so we laid a trap. Around 3 am, an SUV came to the spot and four people emerged. They started checking the equipment. It was then that we raided the spot and nabbed the three. The fourth one managed to escape,” Kshirsagar said.