A hundred years ago July 5, 1919. Archives

From the Archives (July 5, 1919): Gold Theft at Mint.

Mr. Aston, Chief Presidency Magistrate, on Thursday [July 3, in Bombay] disposed of a case in which Harold Durham, head melter of His Majesty’s Mint in Bombay, stood charged at the instance of the C.I.D. with disposing of gold on three occasions, valued at nearly Rs. 6,000 and on attempting on the 9th May to dispose of through an agent a gold bar valued at Rs. 3,594, when he knew it to be stolen. At the opening of the case the Crown Prosecutor, Mr. Campbell, stated that Deputy Commissioner of Police, Mr. Harkar on receipt of information that gold was being smuggled from the Mint through one Kashiram, a subordinate of the Mint, and sold to one Rahimtullah in the city, laid a trap and arrested Kashiram while he was disposing of a gold bar weighing 112 tolas at Rahimtullah’s shop. Kashiram implicated Durham. Mr. Campbell further stated that they were unable to show from the Mint records that there was any shortage in the gold and the only suggestion that they could make was that it was just possible that very small amounts might have been taken at a time which in the course of time, when accumulated must have made up the full amount.

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