The seizure of jewels worth more than R13 crore that were stolen from a Tanishq showroom in Chandigarh on Wednesday has three state police forces vying for credit.
One of them, the UP police, is alleging that they were kept out of the loop despite the fact that the heist’s masterminds were nabbed from their areas.
“There was some information about the presence of Chandigarh police in the district but they did not reveal us the case contents. The raids were conducted between January 14 and 16,” Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Raghubir Lal said.
In a joint operation conducted by Delhi and Chandigarh Police, eight men were arrested in connection with the January 12 armed heist at the Tanishq showroom.
The gang was also found to be involved in a robbery at a mobile showroom in Haryana’s Kundli on January 3, from where they had stolen 1,000 brand new mobile phones estimated to be worth more than R1 crore.
Lal said Ghaziabad police had no information that raids were conducted in their area in connection with the Tanishq heist. Ghaziabad police said three of the five accused picked up from Pilkhuwa were residents of Bajheda Khurd village.
“At least five accused— Bhupender Singh, Anuj Kumar, Ajay Singh, Sonu Raghav and Bhura Tomer—were picked up from Pilkhuwa while
Bhura Kureshi was picked up from Muradnagar and two accused brothers, Paras Soni and Manav Soni, were picked up by Delhi/ Chandigarh police from Vaishali, sector-6, Ghaziabad,” Lal said.
On their part, the Delhi Police said that though they had intercepted Bhure from Muradnagar, he hadn’t disclosed his identity and was caught in Delhi.
“We picked him up from Muradnagar. He gave us a fictitious name. When we brought him to Delhi, he said he had to meet an associate at PVR Priya. This helped us establish his identity and we arrested him,” said a senior Delhi Police officer.