Crime branch cracks diamond robbery case, arrests six

Mastermind Udaybhan Thakur held

Mumbai : Within ten days of the incident, the Mumbai Crime Branch have cracked Rs 6.49 crore diamonds robbery case and arrested six accused on Sunday. Driver of the vehicle and alleged mastermind of the robbery, Udaybhan Thakur (46), is amongst the arrested accused.

Earlier in May, Mahindra Bolero jeep of a security agency was transporting 261 diamonds worth Rs 6.49 crore when it was robbed in broad daylight near Sanjay Gandhi National Park in Borivali. Four armed men entered the vehicle when the driver halted it saying there was some problem in one of the tyres. The Crime Branch officials formed a team including officials from Anti-Robbery Squad after a case was registered with Kasturbha Marg Police Station.

Addressing a press conference on Monday, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Sadanand Date said, “The driver of the vehicle has several cases registered against him. Following tip off from sources, we followed the accused to Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and arrested him.” Recovery of 204 diamonds has been done from the six arrested persons while police is yet to recover remaining 57 diamonds. Date said, “We believe that Udaybhan was mastermind of the crime as major recovery of diamond was made from him. Moreover, he joined the security agency three months before committing the crime.”

Along with Udhaybhan Thakur, cops arrested Om Prakash Singh (23), Rajesh Saroj (40), Dheeraj Singh (28), Bipin Singh (23) and Savitri Thakur (38). Savitri Thakur is Udaybhan’s sister-in-law who helped the accused and nine diamonds were recovered from her.

The supervisor along with three other security personnel who were in the vehicle where locked in the Bolero which was abandoned at Thane while the accused went ahead in Tavera which was later discovered on the outskirts of Maharashtra.

Police were given judicial custody of the accused till June 5. Cops are looking for involvement of other people in this case.

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