Chandigarh heist: 8 arrested; police recover gold, cellphones

Last Updated: Sunday, January 16, 2011 - 15:57

New Delhi: In one of the biggest recoveries
of stolen articles, police have seized gold and diamonds worth
over Rs 10-12 crores looted from a Chandigarh-based jewellery showroom
and 1,000 mobile phones with the arrest of eight youths,
including two brothers, from the suburbs of the capital.

The gang of 12 robbers used to wear police uniforms
during robberies to hoodwink people and police. Two of them
are Class XI students, another a yoga teacher and conductor,
while the brothers are into running tempos.

They were allegedly involved in the armed heist at a
Tanishq showroom in Chandigarh`s Manimajra area on Wednesday
from where they looted all the jewellery and a mobile showroom
in Haryana`s Kundli on January 3 from where they took away
1,000 brand-new sets worth around Rs 1 crore.

"Eight persons have been arrested by a joint team of
Delhi Police and their Chandigarh counterparts within 72 hours
of the heist. This is a classic example of perfect
coordination between two forces," Delhi Police Commissioner BK Gupta and Inspector General (Chandigarh) P Srivastava said.

The arrested have been identified as Paras Soni (26), his
brother Manav Soni (24), Bhura Qureshi (28), Upender Singh
(19), Anuj Kumar (21), Ajay Singh (24), Bhura Tomar (18) and
Sonu Raghav (19).

Four others -- Ali Raja, Umar Duraj, Satinder and Nadeem
-- are absconding.

"Soon after the heist at the jewellery, we got inputs
that the gang were headed towards Delhi. We informed Delhi
Police and with their help, we managed to arrest the eight,"
Srivastava told reporters.

Gupta said none of the arrested were residents of Delhi
or Chandigarh.

In the wee hours of January 12, the gang, some of them
in police uniform, went to the showroom and asked the security
guards to take them to its backside as they had received
information about a body lying there.

"Five gang members wore police uniform and acted as
members of Special Staff of Panchkula Police and threatened
guards. They took them to the backside forcefully where they
were beaten up and their hands were tied. They were also
forced to take sedatives," a senior police official said.

The gang then broke open the showroom and ransacked the
shop unaware that they were being caught on CCTV camera and
they collected all the jewellery on display. "The jewellery
were on display and not in lockers as traditional jewellers
do," Gupta said.

The first breakthrough in the case came with the arrest
of Bhura Qureshi from near PVR Priya in Vasant Vihar.

He spilled the beans on the Sonis who were arrested from
UP`s Vaishali area and recovery of the "entire stolen gold and
diamonds", Rs 2.5 lakh, and mobile phones from their house.

The other five were arrested from Pilkhua in UP.


First Published: Sunday, January 16, 2011 - 15:57

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