The Mohali police have arrested the man suspected to have bought the stolen jewellery, looted from Rajat Jewellers in Panchkula and a realtor’s house in Mohali last year. While police officials remained tight-lipped on the matter, sources confirmed that Vikkar Singh alias Vicky, who stayed in Swara village near here, had been traced and caught. He is currently being interrogated at the CIA staff police station in Kharar.
Sources said Vicky, in his mid-twenties, comes from a family of goldsmiths. He was not part of the robber gang but allegedly bought the stolen jewellery from them. He went into hiding more than a week ago, when Rana and others were arrested for carrying out a cash van dacoity in Mohali.
Vicky is originally from Mansa and had come to Mohali about five years ago to expand his business of manufacturing and supplying bricks. He initially stayed in Landran but shifted to a rented accommodation in Swara around three years ago and got married last year. He also ran a cement store on the Landran-Chunni road a few years ago.
Both the Panchkula police and Mohali police had raided his rented house in the last few days, and also his parents’ house in Sardulgarh, Mansa.
“A few days ago, the Mohali police came to our house at midnight, and inquired about Vicky. We told them he had left the place a few days ago, and we had no idea he was involved in any illegal activity. He is a good-natured man and it is hard to believe that the police is searching for him. Yesterday, the Panchkula police, too, came looking for him,” his landlady said, requesting anonymity. She added that Vikkar’s pregnant wife returned to Sardulgarh a month ago and was shocked when the police went there searching for him. “She has been inconsolable ever since, and does not know the whereabouts of her husband,” the landlady added.
While the police have recovered diamond jewellery worth Rs 25 lakh looted from Rajat Jewellers, the rest of the stolen jewellery worth around Rs 1.25 crore is yet to be traced. Sources said that Vikkar’s brother Jeetu and some of his friends had also been rounded up by police.