Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Gang busted, 68 vehicles worth Rs 3.15 crore recovered

TNN | Sep 22, 2015, 12.02 PM IST
FAZILKA: Fazilka Police arrested five members of interstate gangs and recovered 68 stolen vehicles worth totaling Rs 3.15 crore from them. With the arrests, the police claimed to have broken a nexus of four interstate gangs operating in western parts of the country.

The district police recovered 23 SUVs, including Toyota Innova, Mahindra Scorpio and Mahindra Boleros. It has also recovered 28 luxury cars, two tempos, three jeeps, four tractors and eight motorcycles.

The interconnected gangs had the same modus operandi and applied latest techniques in passing off stolen vehicles as genuine by changing chassis and engine numbers. Engine and chassis numbers of condemned vehicles were embossed on stolen vehicles and fake registration documents were prepared by the gang to sell stolen vehicles to the buyers. These gangs were operating in parts of Amritsar and Jalandhar in Punjab and Sri Ganganagar and Nagaur districts in Rajasthan, police said.

Those arrested have been identified as Amit Kumar, 30, of Sadhuwali village in Sri Ganganagar; Mohinder Kumar, 26, Tara Chand, 50, Sukhbir Soni, 50, all from Sir Ganganagar; and Vijay Pal alias Ramdass, 45, of Sukhchain village near Abohar in Fazilka district.

Bathinda zone IG B K Bawa said, "The gang members used to collect documents of damaged vehicles from scrap dealers who purchased these either from owners or insurance companies in the auctions. The thieves used to lift similar vehicles and put chassis and engine numbers of damaged vehicles."

"The procedure required special tools such as grinders, gas regulators with meters, drills, metal dyes for engraving numbers on metal surfaces and metallic punching nozzles. All these tools have also been recovered. The thieves are experts in such procedures and used to complete the replacement of chassis numbers within 30 minutes," said Fazila SSP Swapan Sharma.

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