MUMBAI: Diamonds worth nearly Rs 6.6 crore on display at an international exhibition here have been stolen and four foreigners, including a woman suspected to be involved in the heist, were detained in Dubai by the Interpol, the police said on Tuesday.
The theft of the diamonds belonging to Israeli company Dalumi Group occurred on Monday evening at the India International Jewellery Show at NSE ground in suburban Goregaon despite tight security and surveillance. The group had put up a stall at the six-day exhibition that ended on Monday.
“Four foreigners, including a woman, were detained in Dubai by the Interpol. Going by their passport details, it is learnt that the four came here (Goregaon) from Mexico to see the jewellery and diamonds show,” a senior crime branch official said here. The 887.24 carat diamonds were kept in packets inside a box.
“After going through the CCTV footages, the four were found to be the same persons whose movements were found to be suspicious at the exhibition,” the official said.
The theft came to light after it was found that the box containing the precious stones was missing after which the show organisers immediately closed all the gates and each person was thoroughly checked before being allowed out, the police said. A company employee complained to the police about the theft, it said.
After studying the CCTV footage, the foreigners had come under the scanner as one of them was seen picking up a box and putting it in a hand bag. The crime branch then sought the Interpol’s help to nab them.
“It (the action) was in the CCTV footage. The four suspects who came from Mexico were identified and police managed to act swiftly resulting in their detention in Dubai,” Mr Vasant Mehta, president of Gems and Jewellery Export Promotion Council, which organised the exhibition, said.
However, he refuted the charge that the theft was the result of poor security layer. “We ensured a tight security and CISF personnel maintained strict vigil during the show. We even deployed private security guards,” he said.
“Over 30,000 visitors had visited the exhibition that lasted for six days ending yesterday. Only those associated with diamond or jewellery business were allowed to visit the show. We take all their personal details including Xerox copy of their PAN cards,” he said.
“However, foreigners were allowed without any conditions since they are tourists in the country but we take all their personal details also, along with copies of their passport and identification card,” he said.
The entry fee for the show varied between ` 700 and ` 3,700.