Even three years after the sensational dacoity of jewellery and cash worth over Rs 10 crore at Tanishq’s showroom in Manimajra in January 2011, the mystery as to who actually looted the showroom still remains unsolved.
The Chandigarh Police’s tall claims that they arrested nine of the 12 accused who committed the dacoity were torn apart during the three-year-long trial. Thanks to the shoddy investigation, numerous loopholes in the chargesheet and failure to keep the star witnesses intact, the prosecution failed to hold its theory in the court of law.
The Chandigarh Police personnel who had claimed credit for cracking the case are now blaming on another for the acquittal of all the accused. Questions were raised about the probing skills of the Chandigarh Police during the trial when it failed to prove that the weapons recovered from the accused were actually capable of “firing a gunshot”.
Three of the accused are still absconding, one was acquitted by a lower court last month and the remaining eight accused have now been acquitted.
However, for “cracking the case”, two Inspectors received police medals on Republic Day in 2011, five officials including a Sub-Inspector got promoted while many others received commendation certificates and cash prizes from the then Inspector General of Police.
The complainant has alleged that the stolen items and cash were nearly worth Rs 10 crore. Four DVDs containing an inventory of the stolen items and cash was submitted to the police. Police claim to have recovered stolen items and cash worth Rs 4.5 crore while the complainant sought a claim from the insurance company for the remaining Rs 5.5 crore. The complainant now claims that he got the recovered jewellery and disposed it of. He adds that he has got a claim worth Rs 4 crore from the insurance company while the remaining claim worth Rs 1.5 crore worth is still awaited.