|Anil Jaiswal’s intentions may not have been as drastic as that of the husband in the Hitchcock thriller, Dial M for Murder, or its Hindi remake Aitbaar, but his ran out of luck just as theirs did
He gifted her an expensive mobile phone, only to stage a robbery to take it back when he suspected her of betrayal.
She filed a police complaint to catch the culprits, only to find out that it was her boyfriend who had betrayed her trust.
Anil Jaiswal, a young trader who runs a business in Burrabazar, was arrested along with two of his friends for allegedly staging a robbery to take away an Android smartphone he had gifted his girlfriend a few weeks ago. The phone — a Samsung Galaxy S4 — had cost Anil more than Rs 40,000.
“Anil was apparently heartbroken when he suspected her of having an affair with another man. So, he decided to take back his token of love,” said a police officer at Lalbazar.
The young lover hatched a plot and sought the help of his friends, Mukesh Jaiswal and Sumit Jaiswal.
Anil, a resident of Baguiati, took his girlfriend, who lives in Entally, to a restaurant in China Town on Wednesday evening. Mukesh, a resident of Sodepur, also joined the couple.
“The trio were returning home after dinner when a man suddenly jumped in front of their car on the EM Bypass. As soon as the car came to a screeching halt, the man threatened the trio with dire consequences if they did not part with their valuables immediately,” sources said.
Anil and Mukesh readily handed him over their mobile phones and valuables but the girl, in her 20s, clutched on to her phone, refusing to part with the cherished gift.
“It was only after the man, who apparently did not carry or brandish any arms, walked onto the side of the vehicle where the girl was sitting by the window and threatened to shoot her that Anil asked her to give away her phone. This time she did,” the officer added. The man then fled on foot.
Police sources said Anil and Mukesh persuaded the girl to take a taxi home, assuring her that they were going to meet some friends who could help them retrieve the robbed articles.
Though the girl hired a cab, instead of heading home, she went straight to Tangra police station and reported the crime.
Police swung into action and visited the restaurant where the trio had spent the evening. They saw the CCTV footage at the restaurant before calling Anil and Mukesh for interrogation.
“From Anil’s call details, we found out that he had been in touch with a specific number several times right before the alleged crime took place. The number turned out to belong to one Sumit Jaiswal. The three men broke down before intense grilling and admitted that the robbery had been staged,” said a senior officer of southeast division.
While Sumit played the actual robber, the other two helped stage the act. All three were arrested on Thursday.