CCTV visuals, Sanjay | Photo: Mathrubhumi news
Kochi: A gang of four men impersonated as income tax officers stole 300 grams of gold and Rs 1.80 lakh in broad daylight from a house here. Maharashtra native Sanjay, a goldsmith, who lives near Aluva bank junction was cheated by the gang.
The gang visited Sanjay’s house at 11 am on Sunday, informed him that they were from the income tax department and that they had come to conduct a raid. When Sanjay asked for identity cards for proof, they showed him some documents on their phone. The gang entered Sanjay’s house, started the raid, and requested him and his wife to cooperate with them. They also confiscated their mobile phones.
The gang raided the place for nearly two hours. They looted the gold and cash kept in the almirah during this time. They also took Sanjay’s Aadhar card, PAN card and other documents. The men asked Sanjay to come to the income tax office to clarify the financial dealings and that they would hand over the gold and money then. They also asked him to hand over the CCTV camera’s DVR, which raised his suspicion. He informed the matter to Aluva police right after the gang left from his house. Police arrived and confirmed that it was all faux and that a theft had taken place.
A few footages have been recovered from the mobile phone which Sanjay handed over to the police. The police have strengthened the probe into the matter.