Pune: The complaint regarding the Wednesday night robbery of 45 gold biscuits and 5 kg of silver turned out to be a hoax as the story was scripted by the complainant to amass the gold biscuits and silver worth Rs 1.35 crore with the help of two of his relatives.
Behraram Purohit, 31, of Timber Market who used to work as a deliverer at the shop of Ravivar Peth-based jeweller had filed a complaint at Hinjewadi police station that he was robbed of Rs 60,000 cash and 45 gold biscuits, totally worth Rs 1.35 crore, near Balewadi Stadium on Wednesday night.
Purohit informed the police, that he was robbed while bringing the gold biscuits from Mumbai in a shared cab. He stated that after alighting the cab at around 10.30 pm, he boarded an autorickshaw. The three other passengers in the autorickshaw allegedly threatened him with knives and robbed him of his phone, Rs 60,000 cash and the 45 gold biscuits.
However, during the investigation, it was revealed that Purohit had scripted the story with the help of his two relatives in order to rob the jeweller.
The other two relatives and accused of Purohit has been identified as Kishore Rawal, 28, a resident of Nalasopara in Thane and Naresh Rawal, 21, a resident of Bhayander (East) in Thane. Purohit had handed over the booty to Kishore Rawal who then hid at the house of Naresh Rawal at Bhayander
All three accused have been arrested by police and have accepted their crime. Police have recovered all the booty from the fraudsters.
Arun Vaykar, Police Inspector, Hinjewadi police station, said, “Our suspicion on Purohit grew while we were questioning him about the robbery. As per his statement, he was robbed at 10.30 in the night but he made the first call at around 1.15 am to his brother. Generally, in such circumstances, a robbery victim will make his/her call to police. He also didn’t inform his employer. He was not able to give us a satisfying answer when we questioned him about the time spent between 10.30 pm to 1.15 am.”
Vaykar further informed that Purohit didn’t contact his employer before starting his journey or at any point of time during the whole incident. He said, “The trio hatched the plan eight days before the robbery. We have produced them in court and they have been remanded to police custody till April 3rd.
A case under section 392 (Punishment for robbery) of IPC has been lodged against the three.