The Mumbai Police Crime Branch on Sunday arrested six people in connection with a Rs 6.5-crore diamond heist in Borivali earlier this month. One of the arrested suspects is a driver with a security agency, and was tasked with driving the vehicle transporting the diamonds, which he instead robbed with the help of his accomplices.
On May 9 this year, a Mahindra Bolero was transporting diamonds worth Rs 6.49 crore from Surat to the Bharat Diamond Bourse and had stopped near the Sanjay Gandhi National Park when four men attacked it. The driver, Udaybhan Thakur (42) had stopped saying that there was a problem with one of the tyres, and as soon as he stopped, the four men barged inside and bound and gagged the guards inside.
The van was then driven to Vajreshwari in Virar, where it was abandoned and Thakur, along with the four others, fled with the diamonds. The Kasturba Marg police had registered a case and had initiated investigations, and the Crime Branch had also initiated parallel investigations into the incident.
“Based on information received from sources, we formed a joint team consisting of officers and constables with the Unit XII and the Anti Robbery Squad. The team followed the tip offs to Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh and on Sunday, we arrested six people, while one more is wanted,” said Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Sadanand Date.
Apart from Thakur, who allegedly masterminded the plan, the police have arrested Omprakash Singh (23), Rajesh Saroj (40), Dhiraj Singh (28), Bipin Singh (23) and Savitri Thakur (37) from various areas in Mumbai. The police said that Omprakash, Rajesh, Dhiraj and Bipin were the four men who robbed the van acting on Thakur’s instructions. Savitri, who is Thakur’s sister-in-law, is accused of harbouring the fugitives after the heist and also storing the stolen booty in her house. All the six accused have been remanded to police custody till June 5, said officers. The police said that Thakur has atleast three past criminal cases against him.
The police have recovered 80 per cent of the diamonds and are working further to recover the rest. One more accused, identified as Jitendra Singh alias Jitu, is still wanted and the police suspect that he has the remaining diamonds.