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Police claim Sonipat bank robbery solved, mastermind found dead


Three days after thieves were found to have cleaned out 78 lockers from a bank in Sonipat, cops on Thursday claimed to have cracked the multi-crore heist case even as the alleged mastermind was mysteriously found dead in his car.

Police said Mahipal – the alleged brain behind the heist who owned the abandoned house from where the thieves dug an 84-foot-long tunnel to the Punjab National Bank locker room – had committed suicide. His body was found on Panipat road around 3 pm. It had no visible injuries. Police said the autopsy report is awaited.

Haryana police have arrested three of the four other suspects. All of them are from the neighbouring Kathwal village and, strangely, none of them has a major criminal record. Police said they have recovered 39 kg of gold and silver ornaments and some cash. Satish, a property dealer, Surender, a lab technician and Balraj, an ‘agriculturist’ are the three suspects arrested in connection with the sensational Sonipat heist. Search is on to nab the fourth suspect, Rajesh.

“Mahipal was the main conspirator. He involved the four others to execute the job.We suspect Mahipal committed suicide because he feared being caught,“ Arun Singh, Sonipat superintendent of police, said.