Rs 14-cr heist: Owners didn’t dial 100, quizzed as footage reveals gaps

  • Gurpreet Singh Chhina, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: May 06, 2016 16:20 IST
This CCTV footage shows that one of the robbers was sauntering in Sec 17. (HT Photo)

The Rs 14-crore dacoity from a Sector-17 jeweller, Forever Diamonds, on Sunday has thrown up more questions than answers for the city police, so far. However, as investigation, based primarily on CCTV footage, has gathered steam, the owners and staff of the shop have come under increased scrutiny and the police have readied some questions of their own for this group.

Rs 14-crore jewellery robbed in broad daylight

Even as there are several puzzling aspects of the case where the CCTV footage and the victims’ versions do not match — like the number of bags the accused carried (one according to the victims and two in the CCTV footage), the police have grilled the owners — Rajneesh Verma and his brother, Vinod Verma, along with the staff of the showroom, with the following questions.

1) Why didn’t they call the police immediately when they claimed they were locked in the room next to strong room; as robbers left the phones with them?

2) Why did they go to Neelam police post, Sector 17, instead of calling police control number 100? This led to delay in information reaching the police.

3) Why did the brothers decide to open the shop without any employee?; The wires of the Digital Video Recorder (DVR) were cut in a professional manner with a cutter. Did the robbers have so much time?; During the loot, why did not any jewellery spill on the floor?

4) What was the procedure for them to claim insurance? Where were the records of the jewellery kept?

5) How come two sketches of the same accused emerged? The salesgirl and owners differed widely in their identification of the accused; Why did the owners neglect employing a security guard as per the guidelines?; Why did they fail to produce records to police in same day?

500 CDs of footage circulated

After the grilling, HT tried to contact the owners on their mobile numbers, but did not receive any response. Ajay Kumar, a shop employee, who had been sent to Sector-35 on Sunday, claimed he knew nothing. The police circulated 500 CDs to businesses near the looted shop, believing that the looters could have stayed nearby.

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