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Staged robbery: Forever Diamonds owners planned to shut business

The owners of jewellery showroom Forever Diamonds were planning to shut business in the city and settle abroad. This is what a woman employee at the showroom has told the police.

punjab Updated: May 09, 2016 18:54 IST
HT Correspondents
On Saturday, a case of cheating was registered against the owners of Forever Diamonds, Rajneesh Verma and Vinod Verma, for stage-managing a ‘loot’ of jewellery valued at Rs 14 crore.
On Saturday, a case of cheating was registered against the owners of Forever Diamonds, Rajneesh Verma and Vinod Verma, for stage-managing a ‘loot’ of jewellery valued at Rs 14 crore. (HT Photo)

The owners of jewellery shorroom Forever Diamonds were planning to shut business in the city and settle abroad. This is what a woman employee at the showroom has told the police.

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

On Saturday, a case of cheating was registered against the owners of Forever Diamonds, Rajneesh Verma and Vinod Verma, for stage-managing a ‘loot’ of jewellery valued at Rs 14 crore.

The case was registered after the manager, Ajay Kumar, stated before a magistrate that Verma brothers enacted the loot drama to claim insurance.

Verma brothers had also got the computers’ data deleted, it is learnt. Chandigarh Police have deployed cops outside a private hospital in Panchkula where Vinod Verma got himself admitted on Saturday. Police said they were waiting for his discharge to arrest him. Rajneesh Verma is learnt to have gone to Delhi.

The first challenge before the police is to identify three people, including a woman, who were roped in by the jewellery store owners to play robbers’ role. the police can make a headway in this regard after interrogation of the owners after their arrest.

We are businessmen, not robbers: Owner

Interacting with journalists at Dhawan Hospital, Panchkula, Vinod Verma, one of the owner brothers of Forever Diamonds, said “they were businessmen and not robbers”. “We did not stage-manage the loot,” he said. He said the manager and the salesgirl of the showroom were giving statements under police pressure.

He alleged that the police were trying to frame them. He assured cooperating with the police in the investigations.