THE MUMBAI Police Crime Branch has arrested one of the men allegedly involved in the Rs 1-crore theft that took place at the Andheri home of Amardeep Bindra, proprietor of Bindra Constructions, on July 31. The accused, Harish Parkhi (35), was nabbed on Sunday and handed over to the Meghwadi police station, where an FIR had been registered after the crime.
At least one person employed with Bindra is also under the police’s scanner for allegedly tipping off the thieves about the dates when the house would be empty. The theft was committed when the entire family was away attending a function on July 31. When the Bindras returned home, they found jewellery and cash worth Rs 1 crore missing.
The fact that the thieves struck on the day the family was away made the police suspicious of an insider being involved in the crime, officers said. In addition to the Meghwadi police, the Crime Branch started conducting a parallel probe in the matter. “Our investigation revealed that the thieves, who hail from Nepal, found that one of the persons employed by Bindra was from their village. They took him into confidence and promised him with a part of the loot. The domestic help was asked to tell them when the house would be empty,” a crime branch officer said.
“We suspect that the house help tipped of the gang about the fact that the family was going away for a function. On July 31, a gang of nine persons broke into the house and made away with cash and valuables,” the officer said. The police finally managed to track down Parkhi, one of the accused. “ Based on his interrogation, we have strong leads on the other accused. We should be able to arrest them in a matter of days. We have recovered Rs 3 lakh from Parkhi,” the officer said.
Senior inspector of Meghwadi police station Pandurang Patil confirmed that the crime branch had handed Parkhi’s custody over to them. Parkhi has told the crime branch that they had been planning the theft for nearly two months. “He said they kept an eye on the movements of the family for two months, before approaching one of their employees,” the officer added.