2.79 kg of gold, worth Rs 96 lakh, stolen from the Nagpada office
Nagpada police are looking for strangers who allegedly broke into the office of a minority community and escaped with 2.79 kg of gold valued at Rs 96 lakh. Different units of the Mumbai Criminal Police are also carrying out a parallel investigation.
Police said the theft took place at the trust office on Christ Church Lane between 7:30 p.m. on August 31 and 9:15 a.m. on September 1. A trust official, Zulfikar Arsiwala, is the plaintiff in the case.
“He told us he closed the office at 7:30 pm and returned home. When he returned the next day, he found the lock broken and the office ransacked, ”said an officer. The trust later discovered that 2.79 kg of gold had also been stolen.
Police said the trust is involved in providing interest-free loans to people in its community. “The gold that was stolen was the security deposit that the trust kept in exchange for granting loans… Once the borrowers repaid the loan, their gold is returned,” the officer said.
Police said Arsiwala filed a complaint on September 1 and subsequently a case was registered under Articles 379 (theft), 454 (hiding house or burglary with the aim of committing an offense punishable by imprisonment) and 457 (hidden house – trespassing or burglary at night to commit an offense punishable by imprisonment) of the Indian Penal Code.
“We are looking at the case from every possible angle because we believe there is a possibility that an insider might play the role … who could have alerted his accomplice to the gold,” the officer said.