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The incident happened outside SBI’s Dimapur main branch on July 19
The incident happened outside SBI’s Dimapur main branch on July 19|Representational image
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Nagaland: 60-yr-old mastermind of Rs 80-lakh bank heist arrested

Leader of the 11-member gang, who was involved in a robbery outside SBI’s Dimapur main branch on July 19, held from Howrah railway station in Kolkata

Medolenuo Ambrocia

Medolenuo Ambrocia

Kohima: Over three months after a Rs 80-lakh heist was reported from outside the State Bank of India’s main branch in Dimapur, the mastermind of the 11-member gang has been apprehended from the Howrah railway station.

The incident happened on July 19 when a gang of robbers led by the accused, identified as 60-year-old GS Mudaliyar, looted an amount of Rs 80 lakh from a van that was carrying cash for a nearby ATM. As per reports, unidentified persons approached a security guard accompanying the van saying that some notes were lying on the ground.

When the security guard made his way towards the notes, the accused allegedly snatched the bag from the van.

As per reports, the absence of eyewitnesses and substantial evidence delayed the investigation process into the well-organised crime. While the main accused is now in the custody of Dimapur police, his accomplices are still at large.

The gang members are reportedly based in Trichy (Tiruchirapalli), a village in Tamil Nadu, where the entire population of about 1,500 families allegedly sustain on this profession. They are trained criminals and have a wide network operating across the country. On their way to Dimapur by train to commit the crime, the gang had reportedly conducted a series of thefts.