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Jewellery stolen, shop owner suspect
Our Correspondent

Amritsar, October 22
The owner of Punjab Silver Ornament House, situated in famous gold market of Guru Bazar here, was in a spot today for exaggerating the amount of the alleged robbery that took place at his shop last night.

Owner of the shop Pawan Kumar had earlier claimed that several unidentified persons had decamped with gold jewellery and cash worth Rs 5 crore from his shop. However, preliminary police investigations found that the theft was not more than Rs 50 lakh. The proprietors of the shop failed to produce any documentary evidence of the stock lying with them, claimed district police chief Kunwar Vijay Partap Singh. He said the police had started investigations into the alleged theft after registering a case under relevant sections of the IPC.

Pawan, in a complaint to the police, alleged that the burglars took away more than 8.5 kg of gold, 15 kg of silver ornaments and Rs 5 lakh from the shop.

The alleged theft came to light in the morning when a shopkeeper, living on the upper floor of the building housing the shop, informed the owner of the shop about the theft over the phone.

However, earlier Pawan had claimed that the gold and silver jewellery weighing more than 25 Kg had been stolen from his shop.

The SSP said the owner had frequently changed his statement and the police doubted the veracity of his statements as he was now claiming that he had suffered a loss of about Rs 50 lakh. He said the shopkeeper was not providing the stock register to the police to verify his claims on the theft.

According to their investigations, the Income Tax Department had also conducted a raid at his shop earlier this year and had found a number of irregularities in the trade practices. Itís owner had been imposed heavy penalties. He added the police was suspicious about the burglary as the insurance cover of his stock would lapse tomorrow.



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