Staffer feigns theft, pockets `1.3cr gold
Mumbai: A jewellery firm manager was arrested for allegedly pocketing gold ornaments worth Rs 1.28 crore after claiming that they were stolen when he was going to deliver them to a customer.
After the arrest of Pankaj Kataria (37), Rs 1.15 crore ornaments were found in a locker of his alleged accomplice Paresh Sasmal, said officials of LT Marg police station. Sasmal and another aide, Dilip Singh, are absconding.
On December 19, Kataria was off to Madhya Pradesh to deliver gold. At Itarasi station, he filed a complaint that his bag was torn and the ornaments worth Rs 1.28 crore stolen.
His employer, Mitesh Rathod, who has a gold manufacturing firm at Kalbadevi, rushed there and on examining the torn bag, refused to believe Kataria’s story. He later filed a case at LT Marg police station, naming Kataria as a suspect.
The police kept tabs on him and learnt that before going on his journey, he met Saasmal whose phone was switched off.
Kataria was grilled and he confessed to his role with help from Saasmal and Singh. With the court’s nod, the police broke open Saasmal’s safe and recovered ornaments worth Rs 1.15 crore. —S Ahmed Ali