Love for Gold: a Sharjah tragedy
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By Jumana Khamis
Sharjah: Gold fever can even turn daughters against mothers it appears, as in the case of an unusual multi-million dirham gold heist in Sharjah.
When a mother left her daughter waiting in a taxi cab holding Dh3 million ($0.82 million) worth of gold jewellery and the daughter disappeared, the mother’s thoughts first turned to the horrific scenario that her 20-year-old daughter had been kidnapped.
But Sharjah Police contend that something much more sinister was at hand with a daughter who had secretly plotted to liberate the fortune in gold in order to finance a new life abroad with her boyfriend.
Sharjah Police have confirmed that they arrested N.K.D., a 20-year-old Indian woman, who is alleged to have stolen 20 kilograms of gold jewellery from her mother who was finalising documents to take her gold back to her country at the Sharjah Customs Department in the Free Zone of Sharjah Airport.
The police were first notified when they received a call from N.K.D.’s mother who claimed that her daughter had gone missing after she had left her waiting with her jewellery in a taxi outside the free zone building.
Police said, however, that N.K.D. was not kidnapped.
Instead, the daughter had switched off her phone and had taken her mother’s gold to her boyfriend M.A.M., a Pakistani, who had conspired with her to quietly slip out of the country. The boyfriend, police said, was planning to follow his girlfriend after securing a way to transport the jewellery outside the country. The couple was planning to sell the stolen gold and start a new life together with the money after leaving the UAE.
When informed of the case, Sharjah Police instantly sprang into action, forming an investigative team who within ours arrested the 20-year-old while she was trying to escape through one of the country’s airports.
The couple was taken into custody and have been referred to the public prosecutor in Sharjah.
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