BKC police have arrested a diamond broker and six others who allegedly stole diamonds worth Rs 27 crore from several jewellers in Mumbai last month.
According to officials, as many as 25 diamond traders had lodged a complaint with BKC police station about the theft in December.
The complainants said that Yatish Fichadiya, a broker, and his accomplices took diamonds from them promising to find buyers, but later vanished.
The probe revealed that after fleeing the city, Fichadiya lived in various places in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan, and Bihar, and even visited the ongoing Kumbh Mela at Prayagraj disguised as a sadhu.
However, he could not sell off the diamonds he had stolen and returned to Mumbai, said Deputy Commissioner of Police Anil Kumbhare.
Acting on a tip-off, police arrested him from Kalyan on Tuesday. After his arrest, cops managed to trace and nab the other six accused.
They have been identified as Ketan Parmar (38), Suresh Madheshiya (42), Kamil Qureshi (38), Imran Khan (35), Vishal Mohan Shrivastava and Raj Mansuri (30).
All six have been booked under sections 409 (criminal breach of trust), 420 (cheating) and other relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code.
Meanwhile, police have recovered stolen diamonds worth Rs 21 crore so far.
Fichadiya had reportedly asked his wife to file a missing person’s complained after he fled the city in order to give cop’s the impression that he had been kidnapped with the diamonds.