*8 accused held, 4 on the run; Delhi Police calls it one of best solved cases, Chandigarh IG says biggest recovery
The Delhi Police, along with the Chandigarh Police, has recovered gold worth Rs 10 crore allegedly robbed from a Tanishq showroom in Chandigarh. The police have also arrested eight youths in connection with the robbery. The gold and diamond jewellery and the weapons allegedly recovered from the accused were displayed on Sunday.
Calling it one of the best solved cases in recent times, Delhi Police Commissioner B K Gupta said the entire operation took 72 hours. Other than the jewellery, the police also recovered Rs 2.5 lakh and 1,000 mobile phones from the accused.
According to the police, the 12 accused broke into the Tanishq showroom in Manimajra, Chandigarh, on January 11 after midnight. While they ransacked the showroom, their movements were recorded on the CCTV camera fitted in the shop, which gave the police their first clue. The Chandigarh Police also received information that the accused were seen heading towards Delhi, which was when they contacted their counterparts in the Capital.
On Friday, the Delhi Police arrested one of the gang members, Bhura Qureshi (28), from PVR Priya in Vasant Vihar, who led the police to the others. Although four of the accused are still on the run, the Delhi Police has arrested the alleged gang leader Paras Soni (26).
According to the police, on January 3, the gang had broken into a mobile phone store in Kondli and stolen 1,000 handsets.
“This case is a fine example of how police of two states can work together. Crime cannot be stopped, but criminals can definitely be caught this way,” said Gupta, highlighting the need for sharing of information between the police departments of different states. Inspector General of Chandigarh Police P Srivastava said: “This has been one of the biggest recoveries ever.”
After Qureshi provided details of other gang members, two accused were arrested from Vaishali and five from Pilakwa in a joint operation, the police said.
The arrested youth are from Uttar Pradesh. According to H G S Dhaliwal, Deputy Commissioner of Police (South), they were petty criminals and had not sold the gold for fear of arousing suspicion. Those arrested are Paras Soni (26), Manav Soni (24), Bhura Qureshi (28), Upendra Singh (19), Anuj Kumar (21), Sonu Raghav (19), Ajay Singh (24) and Bhura Tomar (18). Paras Soni, the gang