Indian police have successfully deployed an unusual technique to retrieve a gold chain that a thief had swallowed while being pursued by officers – they force-fed him more than 40 bananas.

The man denied snatching the chain from a woman in a Mumbai street and swallowed it in a bid to conceal his crime last week, but hospital X-rays showed the jewellery.

Police in the western Indian city administered an enema that failed to yield the desired result.

Doctors suggested performing an operation, but police officers decided it would be too expensive and opted instead for the bananas.


“He was fed more than 40 bananas throughout the day,” Shankar Dhanavade, a senior inspector with Mumbai police, said. “Eventually the chain was found. We made him wash and disinfect it,” the policeman said.


The 25-year-old man has now been charged to court.

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