If it weren’t for an informant’s tip-off, Parasmal Tarachand Jain would never have emerged as a central player in the murder of Pawanraje Nimbalkar.
Till he was caught the first time this year, on February 25, Jain (47) was a failed jeweller, having suffered heavy losses in the business in 2003. With that arrest, the Mumbai police discovered he tipped off robbers about security set-ups at jewellery stores they targeted in the state, and supplied them the arms to do it.
After that arrest by Crime Branch, Unit V, searches of his house yielded a country-made firearm and a licensed revolver. But he didn’t spill much of his criminal past, except that he supplied robbers with information and arms – and his involvement in a Rs 5 lakh robbery case from 2006.
The confession saw them take him into custody again on March 9. Again, he confessed only to a 2008 jewellery theft at Byculla, and was arrested on March 19 for the third time.
Sources said that’s when the informant who led to Jain’s third arrest, hinted at his involvement in the Nimbalkar murder. The police allegedly confronted Jain, who confessed to his role — arranging shooters for the killing, among other things — on April 19.
It is not clear why the Mumbai police told the CBI about this confession only on May 5, over two weeks after it was extracted. And the CBI reportedly did nothing with the information, though Jain’s daughter had already, on April 23, told them about her father’s involvement.
On May 26, the Crime Branch announced it at a press conference, almost a week after they had handed Jain and his associate Dinesh Tiwari to the CBI.