Thieves stole 22 kg of silver bars from a shop in Manek Chowk on Monday night. Interestingly, while this was a reason big enough for the owner, Lalchand Bhojwani, to grieve, he heaved a sigh of relief as thieves could not open the drawers that had 78 kg of silver.
53-year-old Bhojwani, a resident of Gopalpark in Maninagar, owns a shop in Sankdi Sheri in Manek Chowk area, where he deals in gold and silver in bulk. Besides Bhojwani and his two sons, Nitesh and Yogesh, four employees work at his shop, which is located on the first floor of an old building.
The theft took place on Monday night. Bhojwani learned about it on Tuesday morning from Nitesh. On reaching their shop, Bhojwani called Khadia police and lodged a complaint.
Investigation by Khadia police revealed that thieves had taken extra care for their work. First, they cut the wires of the CCTV camera placed outside the shop and facing the stairs. Then, they broke the locks of a metal door and finally broke the grill to enter the shop.
Taking no chances, thieves also cut the connections of two CCTV cameras inside the shop. They also took along the hard disk of the computer.
In his complaint on Tuesday morning, Bhojwani had claimed that he had kept 100 kg silver in the shop on Monday. So, the initial conclusion by cops was that all of it was stolen. Bhojwani has made 24 drawer compartments in his shop in which all the silver is placed. Among these, thieves managed to break the locks of 18, but failed to break open the remaining six.
When Khadia police and Bhojwani opened these drawers on Tuesday, they found 78 kg silver intact. This meant that only 22 kg of silver was stolen.
Asked if he suspected anyone, Bhojwani said that one of his former employees could be involved in the theft, as he was fired from his job one year ago. Cops are now trying to get his name and details.