In the “Rs 14-crore robbery” at a Sector-17 jewellery showroom, Forever Diamonds, last Sunday that was later found to have been stage-managed to claim insurance money, the police on Tuesday arrested one of the owners, Vinod Verma, 42, a resident of Sector 8, Panchkula. Also, the police said they had recovered Rs 65 lakh worth of jewellery and that around Rs 7.5-lakh gold would be recovered from a jeweller in Sector 8 to whom the owners had given it after melting ornaments.
The police are yet to nab the other owner, Vinod’s brother Rajneesh Verma, who was said to be in Delhi and has been away ever since a case was registered against them on charges of cheating, forgery and destruction of evidence. Also, the police are yet to arrest the two men and a woman who were shown as robbers.
Addressing a press conference, SSP Sukhchain Singh Gill said the police had collected “all evidence that proves that the robbery was stage-managed for getting insurance of Rs 10 crore”. He said that three employees had spilled the beans.
He said they claimed that the robbery was of Rs 14 crore as they had consulted someone who told them that the insurance firm would pay only up to 80%; so they wanted to get Rs 10 crore.