Flee Shop With Gold And Silver Worth Over 11 Lakh And CCTV Footage
Mumbai : A 22-year-old jeweller was allegedly killed while he was asleep in his shop, by his two friends after which they robbed the shop of gold and silver jewellery worth Rs 11.72 lakh and fled. The incident unfolded at 2 pm on Wednesday when the two accused came to meet the deceased, Chandraprakash Sevak at his shop, Maa Jewellers at Old Link Road in Kandivali West just as his teenage brother was leaving after having delivered him his lunch. According to sources privy to the case, one of the accused, who lives in the deceased’s neighbourhood has known him and his family for over three years now. He would often visit his shop and also his residence and even help him out with odd jobs.
“This looks like a meticulously planned murder as for the past four days the first accused and a friend of his used to visit Sevak constantly. The friend, who is the second accused too had forged a good friendship with him over the past few weeks,” said an officer.
When the deceased’s brother came to deliver the tiffin, the second accused was in the shop with Sevak. As Sevak’s brother left, the first accused came in and the second one, stepped out. While Sevak shared his lunch and chatted with his 35-year-old friend, the second accused, a 30-year-old man, kept watch outside.
“Sevak used to close the shop’s grill between 2 pm and 4 pm and take an afternoon nap. Both the accused knew about this and also knew where the key to the lock was kept by Sevak. After Sevak locked the grill and went to sleep, the first accused, who was in the shop, opened it, called in his friend, closed it again, and the two slashed his neck with a knife and killed him,” the officer said.
They then locked the shop again, and fled with their loot and the Digital Video Recorder (DVR) box, which had Sevak’s shop’s CCTV camera’s footage. Sevak’s family came to know about the incident only when his older brother, Rajendra Sevak, 25, finding that Sevak hadn’t returned home went to the shop at 10.45 pm and found his brother murdered.
The police recorded statements of the accused’s and deceased’s families. While they have found an eyewitness in the deceased’s younger brother who saw the two men at the shop, they have also managed to gather bits of CCTV footage from other shops.
The police who is currently on the hunt for the two accused, suspects that there might be more people involved in the case. Meanwhile, both the accused left their residences on Wednesday and never came back.