A case of theft has been registered against an employee of a jewellery shop, who stole 23kg of gold worth Rs 5 crore on Monday. The police said the accused, Paresh Rawal, 26, had been working at Devkripa Jewellers at Zaveri Bazaar near Mumbai Devi Temple for the last 10 months. Rawal had been assigned to transport the gold from Delhi to Mumbai.
The gold would then be moulded into ornaments after which Rawal would transport it back to Delhi.
"Rawal left for Delhi on December 5. He returned the next day with 23 kg of gold and went to his employer, Nathalal Gandhi, a resident of Malad. Gandhi asked the accused to wait for a few minutes while he returned," said Ashok Sarambalkar, police inspector of LT Marg police station.
When Gandhi returned, he could not find Rawal. He waited for him for two days after which he approached the police and lodged a complaint against Rawal on Thursday.
A police officer, on condition of anonymity, because he is not authorized to speak to the media said Gandhi trusted Rawal and hence he was given the job of transporting the gold.
Rawal's mobile phone has been switched off since the day he left and he remains untraceable, said the police. "Most of the employees working with Gandhi are distant relatives of the accused. We will question them to find leads on Rawal," said a police officer requesting anonymity, because he is not authorized to speak to the media.
The police have learnt that Rawal has some relatives in Pune. A team will be sent there to question them.
A case has been registered under section 381 (theft committed by a servant) of the Indian Penal Code against Rawal.