Crime Branch busts vehicle-lifters’ gang

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 13 Jun 2018 10:27:04


Staff Reporter

Crime Branch arrested two youths and recovered nine stolen two-wheelers, worth Rs 4.50 lakh from their possession. Two persons who purchased stolen vehicles from accused were also held. Third vehicle lifter is absconding and hunt is on to nab him.The sleuths of Crime Branch saw two youths with suspicious activities in fish market of Itwara area. Cops stopped them and asked documents of vehicle but they failed to give satisfactory reply. During intense grilling, both of them told that bikes of both of them are stolen one. Accused identified themselves as Vidisha district resident Yusuf (27) and Sukhisevania (Bhopal), a resident Abid Khan (20).

Abid and Yusuf informed that CT 100 bike was lifted 10 to 11 months back from Sabji Mandi of Ganjbasoda. CD Deluxe bike was stolen from Mangalwara area. They have come to sell off their stolen bikes when they were apprehended.In interrogation, both informed that they have stolen seven more bikes. They also sold off two stolen bikes to Bhadbhada resident Javed and Seronj resident Avid.Moreover, they told that four stolen bikes have been hidden at their respective homes. Later, all these stolen bikes were recovered. Both accused said that they along with one another friend Altaf used to steal two wheelers from Bhopal, Vidisha, Sehore, Hoshangabad areas.

On the basis of information given by both accused, vehicle purchasers Mehboob (30) and Javed Khan (22) were also held. Hunt is on to arrest absconding accused Altaf.
Accused were stealing vehicles from last five years. Accused used to stand in crowded places and used to keep close eye on parked vehicles. When vehicle owner used to go away from his vehicle after parking, then one of the gang members was following him and kept on passing information about his location to his gang members by mobile phone. In the meantime, other gang members used to break the vehicle lock. Once the vehicle was lifted then it was taken to a deserted place where its number plate was broken. Later, accused used to sell off to villagers at a throw away price.