Wednesday, August 02, 2017

34 lakh diamond heist at Mumbai expo solved, 2 Chinese held at airport

Mumbai: Two Chinese nationals who stole a diamond worth Rs 34 lakh from a gemstone expo in Goregaon on Monday were nabbed within three hours at the airport, where they were waiting for a flight to Hong Kong and Osaka via Delhi.
The nerve-wracking case, which saw unusually effective coordination among various agencies-from security heads to immigration and airport authorities-could be cracked only around midnight when the police, after a lengthy interrogation carried out with the help of a Mandarin interpreter, recovered the 5.4-carat diamond from a tiny shampoo bottle that had been packed into a small handbag. Cellphone apps came in handy as the duo's photographs and other details were quickly shared among the agencies involved.
"The show is a very prestigious event for India. The diamond's recovery was very important," said Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) director general O P Singh.
The CISF was in charge of security at the India International Jewellery Show-2017, held at Bombay Exhibition Center in Goregaon from July 27-31. Entry to the venue was restricted. "An advanced online booking had to be made, with tickets per head being as high as Rs 9,000. The event was not for retailing," said a senior police officer.
02/08/17 Manju V & Nitasha Natu/Times of India