Rolex watch, diamonds and crores in cash: All in Bengaluru club’s lockers

Bengaluru: Authorities at the famous Bowring Institute, an elite club in Bengaluru, were in for a shock on Thursday: In three lockers, they found huge amounts of cash, gold, diamonds, expensive watches and documents in six heavy bags.

Since there was a demand for sports lockers in the club, the authorities issued notices to members from February 2018, through e-mail and SMS, and also posted notices on the institute premises.

While many came forward to register their lockers, there were 126 lockers for which nobody had come forward to register. Hence, the process of breaking open the lockers began on Thursday. That’s when they found the stash.

HS Srikanth, the honorary secretary of the Bowring Institute, said that when the bags were found, they had no clue to whom these lockers belonged. The club authorities then immediately informed the police and the I-T officials and ED departments.

The bags had cash worth Rs .90 crore, 650 grams of gold, diamonds worth Rs7.8 crore, property documents worth hundreds of crores, 1 Rolex watch and other watches valued at Rs40 lakh, signed blank cheques for Rs 50 crore, Rs30 crore and Rs5 crore.

Srikanth says it was during the investigation that Avinash Anarkali Kukreja, 48, who is a real estate businessman claimed ownership of the contents.