Staffer feigns theft, pock­ets `1.3cr gold

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES CITY -

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

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