Delhi jeweller arrested for staging faux theft to get mortgage waiver

New Delhi, August 23

A 40-year-old jeweller and his two associates staged a faux theft of two.6 kg gold at his workplace in central Delhi in an effort to get financial institution loans price Rs 61 lakh waived off, police stated on Sunday.

Abhijeet Samanta, who has been within the jewelry enterprise for the previous 4 years, was not making a lot revenue and it was additional hit as a result of coronavirus lockdown. Samanta and his associates—Farhan (38), a property supplier, and Munna (28), who works at a storage—staged a faux theft, officers stated.

Munna executed the theft by venturing into the workplace at Chandni Mahal carrying a burka and a toy gun, police stated.

The matter got here to gentle after Samanta approached the police, alleging {that a} girl carrying a burka got here inside his workplace on Saturday evening and positioned a gun on his head, in line with the police.

Samanta alleged that the lady slapped him, snatched Rs 50,000 from him and keys of lockers. She pressured him to open the locker and later tied his palms, legs and mouth with the material. Thereafter, she fled with all of the jewelry and money.

During investigation, the CCTV footages of various cameras have been analysed and it was observed that the entry of the lady was pleasant and behavior of the complainant was additionally suspicious, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Central) Sanjay Bhatia stated.

After a six-hour interrogation, Samanta broke down and confessed about the whole conspiracy hatched by him alongside together with his two associates, Bhatia stated.

Samanta stated in an effort to broaden his enterprise, he had availed enterprise mortgage price Rs 61 lakh roughly from three completely different banks. He additionally bought insured the gold inventory, based mostly on which he secured loans.

Since 2018, his enterprise was not going properly and eventually as a consequence of lockdown, he was not ready to deposit the EMI, the DCP stated. — PTI

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