- Mandeep Kaur and Jaswinder Singh have been identified as the kingpins behind a daring ₹ 8 crore heist in Ludhiana.
- After the heist, the couple embarked on a pilgrimage to Hemkund Sahib, seemingly to express gratitude for their successful mission.
- Unaware of the police’s pursuit, they fell into a trap set at the shrine, where they were identified and eventually arrested.
The Punjab Police have identified Mandeep Kaur and her husband Jaswinder Singh as the masterminds behind the audacious robbery at a cash management firm in Ludhiana. The incident occurred on June 10 when armed robbers subdued the office guards at CMS Services and fled off with the cash.
After carrying out the robbery, Mandeep Kaur and Jaswinder Singh embarked on a pilgrimage to Hemkund Sahib, a Sikh shrine, apparently to express gratitude for the success of their mission, as stated by Ludhiana Police Commissioner Mandeep Singh Sidhu.
Initially, the police received information that the couple intended to flee to Nepal, but a lookout notice thwarted their plans. Instead, they chose to visit Hemkund Sahib, Kedarnath, and Haridwar before deciding on their next course of action.
The main challenge for the police was to identify Mandeep Kaur and Jaswinder Singh amid the crowd of devotees at Hemkund Sahib. To accomplish this, the police set up a kiosk offering free drinks, including packets of fruit-flavoured beverages, which were handed out to the devotees. Oblivious to the trap that had been set, the couple approached the kiosk, took their drinks, uncovered their faces, and took a sip.
At that moment, the police recognized them but refrained from taking immediate action. They patiently waited for the couple to finish their prayers. As Mandeep Kaur and Jaswinder Singh exited the shrine following their prayers, the police swiftly moved in to arrest them. After a brief pursuit, the two were arrested.
According to Police Commissioner Sidhu, a sum of ₹ 21 lakhs was recovered from the couple. Of the ₹ 8 crore stolen, the police have managed to recover nearly ₹ 6 crore so far. Nine individuals have been arrested in connection with the case.
Punjab Police Chief Gaurav Yadav highlighted that the kingpins behind the Ludhiana heist were arrested within 100 hours. He emphasized that the police teams employed a professional and scientific approach to solve the multi-crore robbery. The official Twitter account of the Ludhiana Police noted that this incident should serve as a “chilling reminder for all anti-social elements.”