High security at the India International Jewellery show (IIJS), one of the biggest in the world, failed to prevent the daring diamond theft on Monday, the last day.
The incident, that has shocked jewellers, took place despite stringent checks while entering the venue. Jewellers participating in the show held from Thursday to Monday, said both participants and visitors had to have photo identification. Also, every person had to give personal details including their Permanent Account Number (PAN).
Sanjay Kothari, convener of IIJS, told HT that only those connected with the gem and jewellery sector were allowed at the show. Those not connected with these sectors needed recommendation from a jeweller, he said. Kothari said the culprit would be identified as every stall and various spots at the exhibition had closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras.
The show had a large number of visitors – ranging from 7,000 to 10,000 every day. Also, entry charges for IIJS ranged from Rs 600 to Rs 3,500.