Bengaluru: ATM cash van driver flees with Rs 20 lakh; aborts plan midway

The GPS-installed van was found abandoned hours after the heist and the trunk with the cash was found intact the next morning

Bengaluru: ATM cash van driver flees with Rs 20 lakh; aborts plan midway

An ATM cash van driver on Saturday evening hijacked the vehicle with Rs. 20 lakh in Bengaluru, in the second such incident in the IT capital of India.

However, it seems he lost the plot fast, and the van and cash trunk were recovered separately in an abandoned state by the next morning.

The GPS-installed van was found abandoned about 3 km away at Yamalur on Saturday night and the trunk with the cash was found intact at Bellandur on Sunday.

The van belonged to Secure Value, a cash logistics company. The police said that the driver, Ceaban Hussain Mazumder (26) from Assam, was last month. He had no previous criminal records in Bengaluru.

The ATM van filled with Rs 52 lakh cash, left the agency in Madiwala in southeast Bengaluru around 2 pm. Initially, Rs 2 lakh were deposited in one ATM in Koramangala and the van headed towards Wind Tunnel Road nearby.

The cash logistics vehicle was parked outside the State Bank of Mysore ATM in Chalaghatta around 5.15 p.m. on Saturday. In a move reminiscent of the Nov 23 cash van heist, the driver fled with the van when the gun man along with another staff were filling cash in the ATM.

At the ATM in Wind Tunnel Road, the two employees of the agency took Rs 30lakh and went to put it in the machine. By the time they returned, the driver had fled with Rs 20 lakh left in the vehicle.

“Seizing the opportunity, Hussain drove away the vehicle. After driving for about 5 km, he abandoned it at Yamalur,” the police said.

A case was registered with the police around 9 pm.

Hussain took an autorickshaw from there and asked the driver to take him to Bellandur Circle. He told the driver that he did not have change for Rs. 2,000. He then fled the spot claiming that he would bring change soon. But, when Hussain did not turn up after a long time, the driver informed the traffic police. The police seized the trunk.

The van was found on Saturday night.

The driver is suspected to have carried the trunk, with Rs. 20 lakh in it, for around 3 km. The fear might have got the better of him and he might have abandoned the cash box too, the police said.

He is still absconding after the failed attempt and special police teams have been formed to nab him.