60 two-wheelers worth Rs 40L seized from gang of vehicle-lifters

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 09 Sep 2018 11:14:39



Staff Reporter,

Vehicle-lifters gang was active in the State capital since past three years. All the arrested accused are masters in opening locks and used to target mostly women vehicle owners

BHOPAL Crime Branch busted a gang of vehicle-lifters active in the State capital since past three years and recovered 60 two-wheelers worth Rs 40 lakh from their possession on Saturday. Out of arrested 8 people, four are active gang members whereas remaining are purchasers of stolen vehicles. The gang was successfully minting money from vehicle-lifting since last three years with their unique modus operandi that was almost unbreakable by police. They used to break lock of scooters in seconds and they also demonstrated their expertise in breaking lock of Activa scooters before crime branch officials.

After stealing the vehicle, they used to change everything including vehicle’s number plate, Chassis number and other possible identity marks of the two-wheeler. The gang used to fabricate data of RTO with the help of an agent who works in RTO office and make counterfeit registration numbers and documents of vehicles using software that looked like original and then they started search for potential customers to sell these stolen vehicles.

According to Deputy Inspector General Dharmendra Choudhary, four prime accused have been identified as Sunil Dholpuria (30), Rashid Khan (32), Aslam Khan (30) and Surendra Ahirwar. Other accused who helped the gang in making duplicate documents and had purchased stolen vehicles are Sameer alias Waseem (38), Monti alias Sandesh (28), Abdul Samad (35) and Gulvej Khan (26).

Speciality of the gang is their lock breaking skill. They are specialised in breaking locks of scooters within seconds. The thieves were so smooth and expert in their job that they even forgot exact number of vehicles they had stolen so far. Police had to struggle a lot to force accused to remember them as to how many scooters they had lifted. After hours of hard toil, the thieves managed to remember 60 vehicle-lifting incidents. Parking of the crime branch office was full as recovered scooters were parked in the parking. DIG Dharmendra Choudhary said that thieves have been active in the city since 2015. Police will interrogate the accused in police remand to know more information about vehicle thefts.

According to Additional Superintendent of Police (crime branch) Rashmi Mishra, most of the victims of vehicle-lifting are women. The accused only used to target scooters as these vehicles are more in demand. They are masters in breaking lock and also demonstrated their skill in front of police. They took just one minute to unlock any scooter. They have changed number plate of vehicle but police have been able to establish identity of original owner of the scooter in over 50 cases with help of chassis number. In some cases they have changed Chassis number of the vehicle. The accused are being quizzed further by police as there are chances of their involvement in other incidents as well. Police have also issued a list of registration numbers of recovered two-wheelers for owners who can get their vehicles back after showing original documents to police. Meanwhile, DIG Choudhary has also announced a cash reward for crime branch who successfully busted the gang of vehicle-lifters.