Police diary: Hunt for Rs 50 lakh watch leads nowhere

The complainant had approached police on October 5 and told them that he was staying at a five-star hotel in Lutyens’ Delhi, where a woman friend came to meet him.

Written by Mahender Singh Manral | New Delhi | Published:November 2, 2016 2:42 am

For Delhi Police, trailing a woman against whom a case was registered for allegedly stealing a businessman’s Rs 50 lakh Audemars Piguet watch, turned out to be a zero-sum game.

The Delhi Police’s Crime Branch team went to Mumbai and spent 10 days — and Rs 2 lakh — there to look for her, but their efforts went in vain after the complainant withdrew his complaint, saying he had “mistakenly” lodged an FIR at Tughlak Road police station.

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The complainant had approached police on October 5 and told them that he was staying at a five-star hotel in Lutyens’ Delhi, where a woman friend came to meet him. He later discovered that about Rs 1 lakh and his watch were missing. When he called the woman, she did not pick up.

“The South-Eastern range of Crime Branch started investigation and got several leads about the woman from Chandigarh,” a senior police officer said.

Police scanned the call details of the woman and found she is in Mumbai. “Acting on this information, a team of 10 police personnel was sent to Mumbai to monitor her activities. For around 10 days, they visited several places and spent around Rs 2 lakh on the operation,” the officer said.

When the personnel later approached the SHO of Tughlak Road police station, they were shocked to find that the complainant had left the country. “From Canada, he sent a letter requesting that the complaint be withdrawn. He said there had been a misunderstanding and he had mistakenly filed an FIR. He said he has got his watch back,” the officer said.