Chandigarh: The robbers who staged the ‘fake robbery’ at Forever Diamonds at Sector 17, entered the jewellery showroom with empty bags and left with empty bags as the jewellery was already shifted and sold by the owner before staging the robbery, said Senior Superintendent of Police, Chandigarh, Sukhchain Singh Gill. Meanwhile, police on Tuesday arrested Vinod Verma in the matter while Rajneesh Verma is still absconding. The police have also recovered jewellery worth Rs 65 lakhs from the possession of the friend of Verma brothers who himself handed over the jewellery to the police after the matter came to light. Briefing the media on Tuesday, SSP Gill said that the robbery was fake and was planned aiming to get the insurance money.The police have booked the duo under sections of cheating, forgery and destruction of evidence of the Indian Penal Code in Sector 17 Police station.
Not Rs 14 crore but Rs 2 cr jewellery in showroom
The SSP said that the showroom never had jewellery worth Rs 14 crore. It was only Rs 2 crore before the robbery took place. The Rs 2 crore jewellery was handed over to Shekhar, a common friend of Verma brothers. Shekar had been running a company which was only on papers by the name of Fairdeal Enterprise Company. While Rs 7.5 jewellery was recovered from a jeweller Gunwant Singh of Sector 8 to whom they have given it after melting. Vinod even tried to sell jewellery worth Rs 1.5 crore after robbery to Shekhar but as matter got highlighted in media, Shekhar denied of accepting the jewellery. The police have recovered bills of Rs 5.5 crore from the Fairdeal Enterprse which seemed to be a fake company and was used to prepare fake bills.
Salesgirl &Manager turn witnesses
The SSP said that the employees including two women and store manager, Ajay Kumar have turned witness in the incident and told us about the fake robbery staged by the Verma brothers.
Accused got insurance of Rs 10 crore in January
The SSP said that the accused had planned staged robbery from January itself as they had got an insurance cover of Rs 10 crore on their jewellery. In April, they had received eviction notice of their showroom from the local court following which Verma brothers planned to stage the robbery in beginning of May, as they had two months time to vacate the showroom from April 19. The investigation revealed that both the brothers had staged the robbery for misleading the police to get insurance amount. The SSP said that they claimed that the robbery of Rs 14 crore as they had consulted someone who told them that insurance would pay amount up to 80 per cent, and so to get Rs 10 Crore from the insurance, they enhanced the amount in the robbery to Rs 14 crores.
Fake Bill of Rs 2.5 crore nailed Verma brothers
The SSP said that the police learnt that Verma ‘s have procured a bill of Rs 2.5 crore in back date of April 14 from Sector 37 Siddharth Jewellers. The police team obtained clues and Siddharth told police that Verma’s had infact procured the bill after the robbery for claiming insurance.
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