A youth working at a jewellery shop in Mumbai has decamped with gold bars worth Rs five crore after convincing his employer to allow him receive the consignment alone, police said on Saturday.
Paresh Rawat, who worked at Devkrupa Jewellers in south Mumbai, received the 23kg gold consignment from a customer in Delhi, Srikant Desai, inspector at L T Marg police station said.
His employer lodged a a complaint against him after the 23-year-old worker did not return to deliver the consignment at the shop, the officer said.
Rawat, who hails from Rajasthan, has been booked under IPC Section 408 (Criminal breach of trust by clerk or servant), Desai said, adding that the absconder's cousins are being questioned.
According to police, complainant Nathalal Gandhi had hired Rawat seven months ago after recommendation from his cousins, who have been working in the same unit for years.
"Rawat sincerely worked all these months after which Gandhi gained confidence in him. He often sent Rawat to Delhi and other parts of India with gold consignments. There was an order from Delhi to make ornaments from raw gold. Gandhi and Rawat were supposed to go to bring the gold, but the latter convinced his employer that he alone can do this," he said.
Believing Rawat, Gandhi assigned him the job of bringing the gold.
"Rawat boarded the August Kranti Express train from Delhi on Tuesday after collecting the gold bars but did not reach Mumbai the next day," Desai said.
"All attempts of Gandhi to contact Rawat on his mobile phone failed as it was switched off. Gandhi suspected that Rawat may have run away with the gold following which he lodged a complaint," said Desai.
Police armed with Rawat's photographs have launched a manhunt to nab the youth.