The Ghatkopar police investigating the Rs70-lakh theft aboard a luxury bus suspect the accused was following the victim, Mukesh Singhvi, from Rajasthan and was tipped off by someone. The police are pinning their hopes on the passenger list of the people present on the bus at the time.
An officer investigating the case, requesting anonymity, said, “In such cases, normally the modus operandi is that the accused is tipped-off well in advance by an insider about someone carrying valuables [jewellery in this case]. Later, arrangements are made to place the accused on the same bus as the victim and keep an eye on him.” Once the victim gets off the bus or sleeps off, the accused stealthily makes off with the valuables.
The officer said it was possible the accused may have boarded the bus with Singhvi, and kept an eye out for an opportunity to rob him. “He could have laid his hands on the jewellery when Singhvi was sleeping or had got down to eat,” the officer said. The officer said Singhvi had got down only once at Ahmedabad to eat something. He had confined himself to the bus the rest of the time.
Inspector R Kothmire of Ghatkopar police station said initially they would try to determine where exactly the incident took place. “We have called for the passenger list of people travelling on the bus that Singhvi had taken,” Kothmire said. The driver and clearer of the bus have also been called in for questioning.
Another officer said that as the crime was not possible without a tip-off from an insider, they are trying to find out from Singhvi about how many people knew that he was carrying jewellery. “We will then question those people to find out who could possibly have leaked the news,” the officer said.