A city-based jeweller lost Rs 2.5 crore when his driver fled with 10 kilograms of gold in his four-wheeler when he stepped down to attend to nature’s call on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway on Friday night. The jeweller was returning to Pune from a routine visit to Mumbai’s Zaveri Bazar to buy gold.
Dehu Road Police have registered an offence against the driver, Vikram Singh Parmar (37), hailing from Rajasthan and staying in Balajinagar in Pune. The police are now trying to track down Parmar to recover the gold and the vehicle.
As per a complaint filed by jeweller Pravin Oswal (39), a resident of Gangadham near Market Yard, while returning from Mumbai, when he was crossing Kawale village, the driver parked the vehicle on the service lane and stepped out saying that he needed a break to answer nature’s call.
“A minute later, I also stepped out to relieve my bladder. While I was at it, I heard the driver ignite the engine and speed away. I couldn’t understand what was happening,” said Oswal in his complaint to the police.
According police, Oswal had also left his mobile phone inside the vehicle hence he could not alert them immediately. He had to walk 2.5 kms before he could reach a hotel to call the police.
Police Inspector Amarnath Waghmode, who is investigating the case, said, “Parmar was working for Oswal for about four months. Before this incident, he had taken Oswal to the gold market in Mumbai and brought him back safely. This made Oswal trust him. From the way the crime was executed, it looks like a well planned crime.”
The police said Parmar – a married man with children – shared an apartment with some ‘friends’ in Balaji Nagar. His family is back home in Mohammad Nagar, Rajasthan. His phone is untraceable.
“We have dispatched several teams to various locations including to his town in Rajasthan and to his relatives in Gujarat. We are also gathering information from people who he stayed with. We are also checking the records to find out if he has a criminal past,” said Waghmode.