July 14, 2011 2:42:25 am
A Team from the Rajkot Crime Branch unearthed a hoard of silver plates from a garden of a closed bungalow in the posh Jagnath area on Tuesday night following a tip-off that that someone was trying to bury a body.
Owner Tejas Shah,a gold-silver dealer,has reportedly told the police that the family vacated the bungalow considering it inauspicious and had buried the silver to keep it safe from thieves. Shah has produced bills to prove that the silver is not unaccounted for,but now the I-T Department has joined in the probe as the total value of the 312 plates has crossed the Rs 2 crore mark.
A Crime Branch officer said,The police and I-T officials are checking the bills for authenticity.
But officers said it will be a long legal battle for the family even if they prove to the I-T Department that the silver is not black asset. The police have taken the plates in custody. These will be submitted in a court. The Shahs can produce the documents in the court and collect the plates, said an officer.
The police said they reached Ratnaakar bungalow on Jagnath street number 47 following an anonymous call and found two men in the backyard.
An officer said it took them four hours to dig out all the plates. They were buried underneath black soil and covered with plants on the surface. An officer said: It seems that neighbours had some sort of misunderstanding. There was no body. The two men were just trying to dig out the plates.
Shah has reportedly told the police that he constructed the 11-bed room bungalow 10 years ago. It took him nearly two years to prepare the house. But the joint family of three brothers did not stay there even for two years after one inauspicious event followed another. Within a month of shifting,one of the brothers died and the family suffered loss in business. The family then closed down the house and shifted back to their own house in Vardhamannagar.
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