Rawalpindi: Mysterious call solves big burglary
RAWALPINDI: All the Rs120 million worth jewellery and cash stolen from a jeweller’s workshop last Friday was found dramatically on Wednesday – lying on the roof of the workshop.
A mystery telephone call to police while its investigators were grilling a ‘squeaking’ suspect, unravelled the biggest burglary in the history of Rawalpindi’s Sarafa Bazaar.
Sources close to the investigation said that the anonymous caller told the police where to find the entire loot – diamonds, gold ornaments and cash.
Instead of going straight to the location, the police thought it fit to take along some office-bearers of the Markazi Union of Sarafa Bazaar. Indeed the party found everything stolen lying there.
However, the dramatic find does not draw the curtain on the drama. Though jubilant and relieved, the Superintendent of Police of Rawal Town, Malik Matloob Ahmed, was reluctant to reveal the details.
Asked about the suspect the police was holding, the officer said: “Involvement of goldsmiths in the burglary cannot be ruled out. We are still looking for the mastermind.”
It looked significant that after recovering the loot high police officers and members of the jewellers union held a meeting at the Waris Khan Police Station to make an inventory “and discuss the fate of the culprits involved”. “I cannot deny the involvement of goldsmiths in the case. The real culprit has to be brought to justice,” said SP Ahmed.
But the jewellers were said to be against the police launching legal proceedings against any member of their community. Shortly after the burglary in the workshop of Anwar Ahmed alias Dada Anwar, his son Amir Ahmed had said that the burglars had entered the workshop from its roof.
Shaken by the biggest-ever burglary, the police however had their own suspicions after visiting the scene and called a close relative of the owner for questioning.
“The circumstances looked strange as the wooden door (of the workshop) was cut from inside and the iron safe was broken open very smoothly,” said a senior police officer.
Police called a close relative of the owner last night for questioning. As he spilled some beans, the mysterious call came to the police to inform where to find the booty.