A 28-year-old man with an engineering diploma who allegedly headed a gang that looted money from at the least seven automated teller machines (ATMs) in a number of districts of Madhya Pradesh up to now one 12 months, escaped from a district hospital whereas he was being handled for Covid-19, on late Monday evening, police mentioned on Tuesday.
Devendra Patel was arrested in Damoh district, 264 kilometres east of Bhopal, together with 5 of his accomplices on July 25, in line with police.
He examined optimistic for coronavirus on Sunday after which he was being handled in Damoh district hospital when he escaped from the custody.
Superintendent of police (SP), Damoh, Hemant Chauhan mentioned, “An engineering graduate Devendra was the mastermind of the loots. Three days in the past, he was produced earlier than the courtroom after completion of police remand and was despatched on judicial custody by the district courtroom. Earlier than he was lodged within the jail, he was examined for coronavirus when the report that got here on Sunday recommended that he was Covid-19 affected person. He was admitted within the district hospital on the identical day. Two jail guards had been current on the hospital to regulate him however he succeeded in dodging them and escaped from the hospital.”
“Police have registered an FIR and an investigation is occurring within the matter. Six groups have been fashioned to trace down the accused,” mentioned Chauhan.
Police have additionally introduced a reward of Rs 10,000 for anybody who will present details about Patel.
In response to police, Patel fashioned his gang a 12 months in the past and began looting ATMs by blowing them up with explosives. Patel had learnt the strategy of looting ATMs on the web. The gang members used to achieve the focused ATM on two bikes with their faces coated. Two of them used to overpower the ATM guard and sprayed black paint on CCTV cameras put in within the ATM sales space whereas two of them used to attach the detonator with a battery of the bike and the remaining two used to gather the money. It normally took about 14 minutes for them to commit the theft.
Police had lastly tracked down the gang after months of investigation. However now, the hunt for Patel has began once more.