Samastipur (Bihar), Jan 25 (PTI) Police today said they have busted an inter-state gang of bank robbers with the arrest of five persons from whose possession more than Rs 20 lakh in cash, jewellery, vehicles and other valuables have been recovered.Also Read - West Bengal Lockdown: Restrictions Imposed In THIS Town After Surge in Covid-19 Cases | Check What's Allowed, What's Not

The robbers were arrested from different places during raids conducted by a Special Investigating Team which was formed after the heist of nearly Rs 50 lakh from a UCO Bank branch in the town’s Gola Road area on January 4, Deepak Ranjan, Superintendent of Police, Samastipur, said. Also Read - Giant 75 Kg 'Telia Bhola' Fish Caught in Sunderbans River, Sold For Over Rs 36 Lakh

The SP said the robbers were identified with the help of CCTV footage obtained from shops situated near the bank and their arrests followed raids conducted in various parts of Bihar and in states like Chhattisgarh and West Bengal. Also Read - Bihar Gram Panchayat Results 2021: Check Patna, Samastipur, Purnia and Others Results Here | Latest UPDATES

The arrested were identified as Amit Singh and Raushan Kumar Singh of Patna district and Sujit Kumar, Dhiraj Jha and Shivam of Vaishali district.

A total of Rs 21.95 lakh in cash, two stolen bikes, dozens of mobile phones and jewellery besides arms and ammunition have been recovered from their possession.

He claimed that investigations so far have revealed that the arrested robbers mostly targeted banks and they have been involved in robberies at far-off places like Raipur as also nearby districts like East Champaran, Muzaffarpur, Nalanda and Sheikhpura.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.