A domestic help from Malabar Hill, who are registered with the police, helped the cops arrest the culprit who robbed diamonds worth Rs 1.75 crore from a jewellery exporter’s house at Napean Sea Road on Saturday.
According to the police, after Aatish Nahar (56) filed a complaint against his cook, Lalan Kamal Nishad (25), and another domestic help on Saturday, the police alerted the registered help in the area and asked them to trace the cook’s whereabouts because he had not been registered with the police.
Within 24 hours, Ramesh Makwana (40), who previously worked for Nahar, gave the police the whereabouts of Nishad because he had been employed through his reference. The police arrested Nishad on Saturday night as he was preparing to flee the city.
“Nishad confessed that he had robbed the house along with an accomplice, Raju, who also worked at Nahar’s house. He said that he was not aware of the total value of the diamonds,” said Anil Kumbhare, deputy commissioner of police zone II.
The Nahars were sleeping when the two burgled the house using a duplicate key to open the door. The family woke up to find their cupboards open and diamond jewellery, cash and mobile missing.
“Nahar used to keep the keys to his locker underneath his pillow from where Nishad got them,” said an officer from Malabar hill police station.
“Nishad has been arrested,” said the officer. The police have recovered the entire booty.
Raju was detained for helping Nishad commit the crime.
There are 480 domestic help registered across the city with the highest at Malabar Hill — 159.
Following a spate of robberies and crimes involving domestic help, the police had launched a massive campaign urging citizens to register their helps at the local police station.
According to police sources, the Nahar family had not listed either of the domestic help with the local police.