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2 Chinese Nationals Caught For Filmy-Style Diamond Heist Worth Rs 34 Lakh

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| August 2 , 2017 , 07:45 IST

Two Chinese nationals were nabbed in Mumbai after they stole a diamond worth Rs 34 lakh from a gemstone expo in Goregaon in filmy style by covertly replacing the real diamond with a fake. The accused were nabbed within 3 hours at the airport where they were waiting for a flight.

The India International Jewellery Show-2017 held at the Bombay Exhibition Center in Goregaon from July 27-31 had security arrangements made by the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and had advanced online booking mandatory with ticket prices as high as Rs 9,000 as the event was not for retail.

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The Gem Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) informed the CISF that one of the exhibitors had reported a diamond theft, and a search operation was launched to nab the culprits.

"The show is a very prestigious event for India. The diamond's recovery was very important," said CISF director general O P Singh.

The exhibitor identified the Chinese nationals (Jiang Changquing, 47, and Deng Xiaobo, 45) as the thieves as they had used a sleight of hand to replace an original diamond with a fake under the pretense of striking a deal.

"The two spent nearly two hours at the stall from where they stole the diamond," said additional CP Rajesh Pradhan.

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"On the way, information on the duo was sent to DCP Supriya Yadav, who heads the foreigner regional registration office (FRRO), and the chief airport security officer (CASO), KN Tripathy, with a request to prevent the duo's exit through immigration once they reached there," said a CISF official.

"The CISF and immigration team rushed to the security hold, where the duo was apprehended. The two didn't have any check-in luggage. All they had were two small shaving kit-sized bags," said Singh.

The two culprits were frisked and had their handbags checked but the diamonds could not be found.

The 5.4-carat diamond was finally recovered from a tiny shampoo bottle that had been packed into a small handbag.