Mumbai police recover stolen diamonds worth Rs24 lakh from two cops
The policemen, Chandrakant Gavare and Santosh Gavas, were arrested on Wednesday.Updated: Aug 05, 2017, 01:07 IST
The Borivli police on Friday recovered the diamonds worth Rs24 lakh from the two policemen who were arrested with two others for cheating a jeweller. Four teams have been formed to trace the other accused.
The policemen, Chandrakant Gavare and Santosh Gavas, were arrested on Wednesday.
The incident came to light when the accused purchased the diamonds on Wednesday from the complainant. Investigating officials found that the complainant’s agent worked with the accused policemen.
“We have arrested four accused and are trying to trace the rest,” said Vikram Deshmane, deputy commissioner of police (Zone XI).
According to the police, the complainant was looking to buy diamonds and had contacted a Gujarat jeweller. On Wednesday, the jeweller and his agent arrived at the complainant’s office to meet and finalise the sale of the diamonds.
The complainant was accompanied by his agent, wo called himself Raj. After the sale, Gavare and Gavas came to his office and started inquiring about the sale. The duo identified themselves as policemen working at the Mumbai police headquarters at Crawford Market. One of them introduced himself as an officer, while other said he is a constable.
“They told the complainant that he will have to accompany them to the police headquarters as they needed to make inquiries about the purchase. They seized the diamonds. However, upon reaching Borivli (east), they asked the complainant and his agent to get off the vehicle as they needed to make an urgent arrest in another case,” said an officer.
Gavare and Gavas kept the diamonds with them and told the complainant to show up at the headquarters in the evening. The policemen also asked him to bring the necessary documents pertaining to the sale.
“We have arrested the policemen along with a woman and another man who assisted them in the execution of the crime,” said Gunaji Sawant, senior inspector at Borivli police station.
The other arrested accused were identified as Sujata Gaurkar and Pranay Shah. Officials said Gaurkar is an accomplice of Raj, who is at large.