Diamonds are Forever, a lie isn’t: Sec 17 heist was owners’ drama

  • Gurpreet Singh Chhina, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: May 08, 2016 11:52 IST
Forever Diamonds owner Rajneesh Verma at a hospital on Friday. (Ravi Kumar/HT Photo)

The Rs 14-crore alleged dacoity at a Sector-17 jewellery showroom, Forever Diamonds, on last Sunday was stage-managed. This came to the fore when manager of showroom, Ajay Kumar(28), a resident of Ssector 47, recorded his statement before a magistrate saying shop owners Rajneesh Verma and his brother Vinod Verma had enacted the drama with the intention to claim Rs 10- crore insurance.

Police said with this development, they would drop charges of robbery in the FIR and book the Verma brothers for cheating, forgery and destruction of evidence.

Explaining the sequence of events, Ajay told the magistrate that Verma brothers had actually removed the jewellery from the showroom on Friday (April 29) evening when the shop was closed for the day. He said Vermas removed the digital video recorder (DVR) on Saturday and told him that they will call the police on Sunday and tutored him what statement he should give to the police. At this point, there was no plan that robbery will actually be enacted by someone from outside, he said.

Cops outside the house of magistrate where the manager recorded his statement. (Ravi Kumar/HT Photo)

Ajay said, on Sunday as per the plan, Vermas came to showroom around noon, but they said there was a change in the plan as they have hired some professionals to ‘loot’ the shop to make it more real. Ajay said he was asked to leave the shop on the pretext of changing the size of a ring. He told the police that Vermas threatened him of consequences if he didn’t go by the script.

Ajay said by the time he returned to the shop, Vermas had already called the police and narrated the sequence of events. Ajay said his employers had asked them to get deleted the computer data and other business records from an expert so that they could easily claim the insurance cover.

Ajay’s statement was recorded before the duty magistrate at his residence in Sector 22 under Section 164 of the CrPC at about 9pm on Saturday.

Police said they had recovered a CCTV camera footage of the hotel next to shop in which Vermas can be seen carrying some boxes in their hands on Friday evening, but investigations were on.

DSP(central) Satish Kumar said Vermas had arranged youths to fake the loot. Who were these youths will be clear during the interrogation of the Vermas, he said.

Meanwhile, police have also recorded the statement of the jeweller from whom they had procured bills for the diamonds that they were to claim insurance against. Police said the jeweller told them that Vermas took the bill a day before the ‘loot’. Police said the bills were fake.

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