The police recovered 2 kg gold worth Rs 66 lakh, three packets of diamonds, valued Rs 8 lakh, and a rifle from three employees of a Mumbai-based firm during a naka at Kalia Colony on the Jalandhar-Amritsar highway on the intervening night of Thursday and Friday.
The police called up income tax officials who started investigation into the recovery from the employees of BVC Logistics Private Limited based in Mumbai.
Reports said the police signalled a jeep (MH-04-GC-9085) coming from the Amritsar side to stop at around 2 am and inquired its occupants Kulwant Singh of Kharar, Mukesh Kumar of Mohali and Hari Bahadur Thapa.
The police found 2.138 kg gold and three packets of diamonds from the jeep. The trio also showed bills to the police, it has been learnt.
SHO Rajinder Kumar Sharma said the gold and diamonds had been taken in police custody and the income tax department would check records of these items from the company concerned.
He said the three were coming from Amritsar where they reportedly visited Shri Balaji Jewellers and going to Chandigarh. He said they failed to produce any document to the investigators besides the bill copy of gold and diamonds.
Sharma said Thapa, who was carrying .12 bore rifle, failed to produce its licence. He has been booked under sections of the CrPc Act.