Police on Thursday claimed to have solved the daylight robbery and murder of 39-year-old Purushottam Mishra.
Mishra, an accountant and cashier of a private hospital, was gunned down in front of the Bank of Baroda’s Munnachak branch on April 3.
Stating that the primary motive of the murder was robbery, senior superintendent of police Manu Maharaaj said two persons, who were among total five, have been arrested while the search for others was on.
“On Thursday, we suddenly received a tip-off that three criminals — Bhushan Joseph, his brother-in-law Sonu Kumar and Mirchai Gope — had assembled under the Bahadurpur bridge. A raid was organised immediately but the criminals came to know about our presence. However, while Joseph and Sonu were successful in escaping, the police arrested Gope and recovered one country-made pistol and four live cartridges from his possession. He was interrogated and led to the arrest of Deepak Kumar, another gang member,” he said.
Mishra, the accountant and cashier of Srijan, a wing of the popular Srijan Hospital, was shot dead minutes after he had parked his motorcycle and was entering the bank with a bag containing Rs 12 lakh. Srijan is run by Himanshu Roy, an infertility expert and son of gynaecologist Shanti Roy.
The officer said Sonu used to work as a driver of an ambulance belonging to Popular Hospital, located right next to Srijan. He knew Mishra used to carry cash to the bank quite often. “The robbery plan was hatched in Hajipur on April 2. The same day, the three went to Srijan posing as patients for a recce of the whole area. Sonu also talked to Mishra and established his old contacts and relations with him. During conversation, he came to know that Mishra would go to the bank the next day to deposit cash. The next day also they went to the hospital and after ascertaining that Mishra will be moving to the bank in sometime, they all rushed to the spot and strategically placed themselves near the bank, hardly 1km from there,” the SSP added.
“As Mishra reached the spot, three of them surrounded him and tried to snatch the bag. When Mishra resisted, they shot him dead. Mishra was hit by three bullets after which all of them ran away on an autorickshaw with the bag. The police recovered Rs 30,000 from Gope and he guided the police to Deepak, who too was nabbed. The men have said that they had divided the money among themselves and most of it had been spent. The other men, it is believed, are out of the state,” Maharaaj said.