Four unidentified persons looted diamonds worth Rs 1.5 lakhs from a diamond workshop employee on gunpoint in Malad east when he was on his way to deliver the polished diamonds on Friday afternoon.
Nagjibhai Desai, (34) working with a diamond cutting and polishing workshop located in Kurar like every Friday came out of the workshop at 2.30 pm to deliver the finished diamonds to the respective vendors.
According to PI Vilas Joshi from Kurar police station, when Desai was on his way to the Malad station four armed youths, all in their twenties blocked his way and threatened him to hand him the diamonds.
When Desai denied their demand two of the assailants attacked him with a knife and pushed him to the ground.
They then removed the polythin containing the diamonds worth Rs 1.5 lakhs in his shirt pocket and looted the diamonds.
They were about to rip off Desai's clothes for rest of the precious stones but by that time Desai had started screaming and a crowd was gathering.
The four after hitting Desai's head with the gun's back part fled away in a chocolate colour Indica car without looting rest of the diamonds worth lakhs.
"The goons very well knew that Desai would leave the office at that time as well as the places Desai hid the diamonds while going for delivery.
That is the reason the four were ripping off Desai's clothes because they were aware that Desai kept the larger stock in the pockets of his under garments.
We have recorded Desai's statement and the description of the assailants and lodged a complaint under 397 and 34 of the IPC and sections 3, 4 and 5 of the arms act," said Joshi.
"Desai has a doubt on one of the former employees of the workshop because he was the only worker, who had been fired in the past few months. However the diamonds that were hid in Desai's under garments were safe,' added Joshi.