Thieves struck at the house of a businessman in Sunny Enclave on Monday morning and made off with cash, jewellery and other valuables worth Rs 50 lakh when the family was in Panchkula for the wedding of his son.
The businessman, Sunil Verma, who deals in glass products at Burail, Chandigarh, told Chandigarh Newsline that the sangeet ceremony was held on Saturday. On Sunday, they left their house around 6 pm and went to Panchkula where the wedding of his son Shiv Verma was to be held at Red Bishop.
According to the businessman, when they returned home after the wedding on Monday morning, they found the locks of their safe were broken and around Rs 9 lakh in cash, three diamond sets and a gold set were missing. He estimated the worth of stolen items to be around Rs 50 lakh. He added that some of the female members of the family went to the wedding venue wearing artificial jewellery as they feared that it might be stolen.
Sunil said that they suspected the involvement of some waiters in the theft. He said he hired a local catering service and requested the contractor to send two extra waiters to look after their guests.
“The contractor sent two extra waiters on Saturday evening. When we needed the waiters, I found that there was only one waiter and when I asked them about the other, I was told that he had gone. I wondered how he could go without taking his dues. But I did not suspect that he can do such a thing,” alleged Sunil.
The businessman said that after the theft, they immediately lodged a complaint at Kharar (city) police station and caught both the waiters with the help of his relatives. He blamed the catering contractor for the theft.
The police, however, said that they had rounded up the contractor and some waiters, including the one whom the family is suspecting, but they were yet to establish who was behind the theft.
Kharar (city) SHO Vijay Kumar said, “We have registered a case against unknown persons and started the investigation.”