PATNA: Private security guard Lal Saheb Singh, who was shot at during the Rs9 lakh loot from an ATM kiosk near Alpana market in the state capital on Friday, succumbed to the bullet injury he had received during the incident.
Singh was rushed to a private hospital near Patliputra Colony roundabout from the spot, which is hardly 200 metres away, within minutes of the incident. Hospital sources said the bullet had severely damaged his main blood vessel resulting in heavy internal bleeding. “Several units of blood were transfused but he could not survive and died Saturday afternoon,” a hospital source said.
Meanwhile, even after more than 24 hours, Patna police could not arrest any of the criminals involved in the Friday crime at around 1.30pm.
The cash was looted from an employee of a private firm, which handles heavy cash transactions for banking institutions.
The employee had taken out the money from the cash van and entered inside the ATM kiosk to replenish it when criminals looted it. Singh, working as a guard for the firm, was shot at in the back.
City SP (central) Vinay Tiwari said raids were going on to nab the criminals. “Till now, it has surfaced that only three criminals were involved in the loot,” he said.
The SP said nothing has surfaced to indicate any firm insider’s role in the incident.
Sources said all the criminals involved in the loot were locals and earlier involved in petty crimes like snatching. “Identities of all three criminals who committed the loot had been ascertained and they would be nabbed soon,” a source said.