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Borivali diamond heist: Six teams formed to nab thief

Thursday, 15 May 2014 - 7:15am IST | Agency: dna

Six days after the driver of a private security firm along with his five accomplices decamped with diamonds worth Rs5 crore after carjacking a high-security delivery van in Borivli, the police have not made any breakthrough in the case yet.

The Kasturba Marg police, crime branch units and the Anti Robbery Cell of the Mumbai police have formed six teams to nab the accused.

The police have been unable to trace the location of the accused, Uday Bansingh Thakur, 42, who fled the city hours after the robbery after switching off his phone.

Thakur was previously arrested by the Kasturba Marg police on charges of murder and robbery and he had served a two-year jail term.

Bharat Worlikar, senior PI of Kasturba Marg police, said, "We have even questioned his former accomplices who were involved in the previous robbery with him. They have no clue about his whereabouts. He was not in contact with them."

While a team has been sent to Thakur's hometown in Jaunpur, another one has been sent to Gujarat where the accused knew someone who had previously sold his stolen items.

According to the police, Thakur was not in touch with any of his friends or family members for a long time. "We questioned his brother and parents who live in his hometown. They have no clue about his whereabouts as he had left home after a dispute. His wife is also missing from their home in Nalasopara where he had gone for sometime after the robbery," said Worlikar, adding that Thakur's accomplices in the robbery did not belong to Mumbai.

The police is also planning to initiate action against SR Security Private Ltd where he was employed. The security agency, however, maintains that it had followed all the norms while recruiting the driver and pointed fingers at the state government for refusing to give armed license to the agency.

On Friday afternoon, Thakur, the driver of SR Security Private Ltd, met four of the agency's employees, who had diamond ornaments worth Rs5 lakh brought from Surat at Borivli railway station. The valuables were loaded in a van. Thakur stopped the vehicle near Borivli National Park saying the tyre had a problem. He then got down saying he needs to fix it. Five armed men surrounded them, forced them into the van and tied them up. The six accused then reached Virar where they escaped with the booty after abandoning the men in the van. Locals spotted the tied-up employees and informed the police.

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