Two persons were arrested for robbing the Meghalaya Rural Bank (MRB) at Ksehbilat.
Heavy Jones Kurkalang (25) and Shiningstar Wahlang (23) were arrested during a raid conducted on Wednesday night, East Khasi Hills Superintendent of Police Sylvester Nongtnger said.
An armed robbery had taken place at MRB, Ksehbilat Branch on September 16, where two masked men entered the branch at about 5.15 pm-5.30 pm when only the lady branch manager was present in the bank.
They locked the branch from inside and forced her to open the strong room. However, due to her courage and presence of mind of failing them to open the safe, the robbers robbed an amount of Rs 10,000 from the branch manager and took away the DVR of the CCTV to prevent detection.
An FIR on the incident was lodged by the MRB Regional Manager on September 17 for which Madanrting P.S 125(09)2021 U/S 341/342/392 IPCwas registered.
Nongtnger said the Officer In-Charge, Madanrting Police Station and the Investigation Officer SI S. Kharbuli immediately took up steps to investigate the matter and to identify the culprits.
Following their hard work, a raid was conducted in the house of one of the suspects at Pomlakrai, Mawtharia.
In the raid, Heavy Jones Kurkalang was arrested after admitting to the crime and the weapon he used for the robbery was recovered under his mattress, the SP said.
On his leading, ShiningstarWahlang was arrested from Wahkdait, Dong Pata, Madanrting Block-G, he said adding the DVR which was taken away was also recovered from the pond at Wahsnait.
According to the SP, the investigation team will be further interrogating them to ascertain their involvement in other criminal cases and will be submitting a Charge Sheet in this case shortly.