BENGALURU: THE driver of a van carrying money to be deposited in ATMs fled with the van containing Rs 20 lakh here on Saturday evening. Later, the cash was found near Yemaluru Lake while the vehicle was found near Madiwala.
The driver is missing and the police are trying to track him down, based on the CCTV footage. This is the second such incident in the last one month. On November 23, Dominic, the driver of a van ferrying cash for banks and ATMs fled with Rs 1.37 crore from the busy Kempe Gowda Road.
According to the police, Hussain (25), a native of Assam, joined Secure Value India, a company responsible for transportation of cash for various ATMs, about five weeks ago.
Hussain along with three staff members and a gunman had gone to Murugeshapalya on Old Airport Road to fill cash at a State Bank of Mysore ATM. There was Rs 52 lakh in the vehicle and some of it was loaded into a couple of ATMs in Koramangala in the afternoon.
Around 5.30pm, they came to Murugeshapalya and when the staff went inside the ATM, Hussain took advantage of the opportunity and drove away.
The staff alerted Old Airport Road police who rushed to his room in Koramangala where he stays alone. When he was not found there, they alerted the city police who searched for the vehicle. On Sunday afternoon, the vehicle was found near Madiwala.
Meanwhile, some residents who found the cash box near Yemaluru lake alerted HSR Layout police who recovered it.
Ramesh, one of the employees of Secure Value India Ltd, approached the police and filed a case about the incident.