A housemaid was arrested by the Sohana police on Friday and Rs 15-lakh worth of gold jewellery weighing about 520grams (52 tolas), including two diamond necklaces, was recovered from her house in Manakmajra village in SAS Nagar.
The accused has been identified as 30-year-old Sukhwinder Kaur, who was working as a maid in the house of agriculturist Jaswinder Singh for two years. As per the complaint, Jaswinder Singh had kept the gold jewellery, including a diamond set, in the almirah of his house on August 23 and was to deposit it in the bank locker the next day. However, when he opened the almirah the next morning, he was shocked to find it gone. Jaswinder complained to the police and discussed his suspicion of it being the handiwork of his maid, as she was the only outsider who had access to the room.
Unfortunately, Jaswinder's mother-in-law suffered a heart attack when informed about the theft and was admitted to the hospital.
On Saturday, the police swooped down on Sukhwinder's residence and managed to recover the stolen jewellery before she could sell it. The police recovered 12 gold bangles, 10 pairs of ear-rings, four necklaces, including two diamond necklaces, two gold chains, four karas, nine rings and silver jewellery.
"We have registered a case and investigations are on," said Harjinder Singh SHO Sohana police station.SAS Nagar SSP Gurpreet Singh Bhullar said: "Residents do not get the antecedents of their servants verified. We have been repeatedly urging the residents to keep the photographs of servants handy, so that they can be used if needed. We do not say that all servants are criminals, but whenever a person is employed, the concerned police station should be informed. The residents should give up their callous attitude and get the antecedents of their employees verified before hiring them."
· Get the verification of servants done, even if it is a part-timer
· Keep a photograph of the servant or the maid handy
· Note both the present and permanent address of the servant
· Avoid showcasing your wealth in front of the servant
· Keep valuables in the bank locker
· Keep the cupboards locked