Doubts over Rs 1.1 cr robbery

  • Monica Sharma, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Nov 04, 2014 14:13 IST

Three days after a local jeweller claimed to have been robbed of Rs 1.1 crore in cash when he was heading for the Sector 17 bus station after midnight, the police said their preliminary investigations indicate that the figure appeared to have been exaggerated. Sameer Jain, 45 is a resident of Sector 48 and is engaged in the business of providing hallmarks for gold ornaments.

Police sources said Jain, when questioned, was able to explain the source of only Rs29 lakh and failed to account for the rest of the money that he had claimed was stolen. The police have now asked the income tax department for details of the money that was allegedly robbed to establish its source. Police officials have also sent a communiqué to the Enforcement Directorate (ED) about the funds to ascertain whether the jeweller was taking them to Delhi to conduct any ‘hawala’ transactions.

Initial investigations by the police have also revealed Jain had an argument over some money with his business partner about three days back. Jain’s partner has told the police he was not aware of the jeweller undertaking a trip to Delhi this month. Jain was in fact travelling to Delhi after a gap of about nine months. “All angles are being probed and the role of an insider hasn’t been ruled out. We’ve also informed income tax officials as well as the ED to check if the jeweller was involved in any suspicious deals and determine the exact source of the money,” a senior police officer said.

According to his story, Jain was hit with a lathi by two assailants who snatched his bag containing the cash. The incident occurred at about 12:10 am on October 31,when he was dropped by his nephew, Tushar, outside the Sector 17 bus station to catch a bus for Delhi. Jain said when he was walking towards the entrance, two people had suddenly attacked him from behind and fled with the bags containing the cash.

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