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Siliguri: Police have recovered from a village in north Bengal as much as Rs 35-lakh in cash that was burgled from an ATM counter in Jharkhand.

The recovery was made in a joint raid by Jharkhand and Bengal police on Monday night from a household at Irani Busti at Fatapukur in Jalpaiguri district. The suspects who had burgled the huge sum of money, however, managed to escape.

It was on 15 June that a cash van arrived at an ATM counter in Palamu district in Jharkhand to refill cash. But as soon as two bags with Rs 54-lakh stuffed inside were taken down from the van, two men snatched the bags and vanished in thin air.

On scanning the CCTV footage of the ATM counter, Jharkhand police managed to identify one of the snatchers. They started tracking his mobile phone and this led the investigators to Jalpaiguri.

Subsequent to this, a team from Jharkhand police arrived in Jalpaiguri on Monday and together with a team from Rajganj police station raided the house of one Biren Goala at Fatapukur Irani Busti. The locality is ill famous as the den of inter-state criminals.

Although police found Rs 35-lakh of the burgled money, the accused got a wind of the raid in advance and managed to escape. The head of the Jharkhand police team has told reporters that a manhunt is on to nab the two culprits and recover the remaining amount of money.