An FIR of theft at a jewelry shop in Ghantaghar area has been registered on 10 June.
As per the FIR, the value of the items stolen from the shop is Rs 5.5 crore. Interestingly, the jewelry shop is located right opposite the Ghantaghar police station and has been shut since 2006.
The shop was sealed as there was a dispute between the partners Asha Mehta, Manohar Mehta of Udaipur and Arun Jhamandas Mehta of Kota. As the case is still under review since 2006, the shop has been sealed since then. A video sent to Asha Mehta by Yashwant Aanchaliya, President, Jewelers Association, Udaipur showed a person walking off with a chair after entering the shop from the top floor. This video caused the partners to approach the ADM and SP and have the lock opened.
On recieving the complain, the partners took permission for opening the shop. The shop was opened in the presence of Superintendent of Police and ADM. All the furniture, statues and jewelry in the shop was missing and drawers, cupbaords were lying open. The lock of the door and channel gate on the first floor was lying broken. It seems that the items were stolen in phases over the period.
As per the partners, when the shop was sealed, it contained 10 kg gold in the form of jewelry, which included necklaces, bangles, earrings, rings, etc. The shop also containted silver utensils, statues and furniture. The total current estimated value of the stolen items is said to be Rs 5.5 crore.
The possibility of an internal person committing this crime, either independently or at the behest of any one partner, is also being examined. Police are currently at the shop with members of the forensic team and collecting evidence. Investigations will soon reveal the modus operandi and identity of the culprits.
As per Asha Mehta, the firm is a registered private firm in the name of Messers Satramdas Gehrimal Jewelers. The shop commenced business in 1995 under the name Parmatma Jewelers.