Vinod Verma, 42, co-owner of Forever Diamonds jewellery showroom in Sector 17, initially planned to concoct a theft story, but moved to the idea of staging a robbery, finding it more manageable.
The police said Vinod discussed the robbery plan with his brother Rajneesh Verma a month ago with the motive of claiming insurance amount of Rs 10 crore as the family was under debt of over Rs 20 crore and had received notice of eviction for the showroom. They even concocted stories of theft of cash and jewellery worth lakhs on various instances before May 1 to trick the staff.
According to police Vinod, who got hospitalised in a private hospital in Panchkula right after being booked for cheating, forgery and destruction of evidence, was persistently counselled by cops to surrender as they had evidence against him in the form of his friend Sekhar’s disclosure.
Vinod got hospitalised on Saturday, immediately after realising that the police had learnt of the fake robbery, knowing that the courts would be closed over the weekend and he would apply for and secure bail on Monday.
Rs 1-CR JEWELLERY RECOVERED
DSP (central) Satish Kumar said they recovered jewellery worth Rs 1 crore from Vinod’s residence in Sector 8, Panchkula, on Monday night.
NASHIK MAN UNDER LENS
The police claimed that Vinod had revealed that his relative from Nashik helped him arrange two men and a woman who played robbers on May 1. Vinod’s call details had confirmed that he spent days in Nashik. The relative has been summoned.
VINOD IN REMAND
A day after his arrest, Vinod was sent to seven-day police custody.