Two days after a cash van guard was shot dead outside a bank a few metres away from the Governor’s House here, the police are yet to nab the suspect who fled from the high-security zone on a motorcycle.

The cops have, however, shortlisted 10 suspects from Lucknow as well as other districts and analysed footage from 50 CCTVs to trace the exit route taken by the culprit.

The police have formed eight teams and are being assisted by the U.P. Special Task Force to crack the sensational daylight robbery and murder case.

On the afternoon of July 30, a guard of a private cash collecting agency was shot dead and the driver injured after a suspect shot at them during a robbery.

The suspect fled the scene on a motorbike with a bag with more than Rs. 6 lakh. According to footage of the crime released by the police, the suspect did not try to conceal his identity and brandished a pistol while he drove off from the scene, which is also close to the official residence of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

‘Not petty criminal’

SSP Lucknow Kalanidhi Naithani said that judging by the modus operandi of the suspect, he appeared to be a part of some organised crime group.

“It is organised though he was having a so-called country-made but branded pistol. It is clear he was not a petty criminal,” Mr. Naithani told
The Hindu
.

He said that the police were verifying details of all the 10 suspects shortlisted, some of whom belong to other districts of the State.

The police have released a sketch of the suspect and announced a reward of Rs. 50,000 for providing clues about him.

In a statement, the police said they were looking through the files of loot cases, in particular of cash van loot, of the last 10 years to zero in on the suspect by looking at the modus operandi.

ADG Law and Order Anand Kumar said the case was a ‘big challenge’ for the police. “We have got some important clues. We will try to work out the case at the earliest,” Mr. Kumar said in a video message on Twitter.

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