Mathurapur (South 24 Parganas), Oct. 10: Rahamatulla Peyada, a CPM candidate in the last panchayat elections, was arrested while he and two of his associates were fleeing after robbing Rs 4 lakh from the employees of a petrol pump.
A revolver, three rounds of ammunition and a few bombs were also recovered from Peyada, police said.
Two employees of Swarnalata petrol pump at Krishnachandrapur — Nabin Mondal and his assistant — were going in a rickshaw to deposit the money at a local bank, police said. As they were about to enter the bank, Peyada and his two associates, riding on a motorcycle, snatched the bag.
Mondal and his assistant raised an alarm and residents of the area chased the gang. Peyada, who was driving the motorcycle, fell as the two-wheeler overturned and was caught. But the others escaped.
Officials from Mathurapur police station rushed to spot and recovered the money from Peyada.