Two unidentified miscreants tricked a jeweller and made off with his bag containing gold jewellery worth over Rs 1 crore and Rs 80,000 cash in Mandideep town on Monday, police said.
According to police, the jeweller Devendra Agrawal, 45, who is a resident of Mandideep town, owns a shop 'Divya Jewellers' at Mangal Bazar.
On Monday, Agrawal reached his shop at 11 am. While he was opening the locks, he found matchsticks stuck inside one of them. He tied his jewellery bag with a chair, which was kept next to his shop, and got engaged with the lock.
In the meantime, two men came on a bike and took away the chair. Agrawal could not notice them as he was busy opening the lock.
Another shopkeeper Arvind Jain, who owns a shop just beside Agrawal, saw two men running away with the chair. Jain raised an alarm but however he failed to stop the miscreants.
Agrawal immediately informed the matter to police, who cordoned off the area especially roads going towards Bhopal as miscreants were seen escaping towards the city. But till now police have failed to arrest the accused.
Superintendent of police (Raisen) Deepak Verma said, "We have cordoned off the area and also informed to Bhopal police, who are checking at all possible roads," Verma said.
He said the modus operandi of the miscreants was that they first inserted a matchstick in one of the locks of the jewellery shop and when the jeweller was busy in opening it, they ran away with his jewellery bag.
The police had recovered the footage from a CCTV camera which was installed outside the shop.
"Many people including Agrawal's brother have also seen the miscreants escaping towards Bhopal," he said.
Verma further said Agrawal in his complaint had claimed that bag was containing gold jewellery weighing 3-5 kg. However Agrawal, while talking to media, said there was over 5 kg gold jewellery and cash Rs 80,000 in the bag. "I will soon hand over the list of jewelleries which were in the bag," he said.