J&K police busts vehicle lifters gang, five arrested, one absconding

Gang would steal SUVs other vehicles across India, make fake RC’s, lure buyers against less amount than market price, 9 vehicles recovered: DIG Central Kashmir

Srinagar, Mar 12 : Jammu and Kashmir Police on Thursday claimed to have busted an “illegal vehicle selling gang” that was active across India by arresting five people while as six one is absconding. Nine vehicles were recovered from the possession of the arrested persons which include SUVs and cars also.

According to wire service—while addressing a press conference at police station Parimpora on Srinagar outskirts, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Central Kashmir range, Muhammad Sulaiman Chowdhary, who was flanked by SSP Srinagar Dr Haseeb Mughal, said that on a reliable information that some people are involved in illegal selling of SUVs and cars  in general area of Narbal Parimpora at a price much lesser to the actual cost of vehicles by way of luring and duping general public of their legitimate money and selling suspicious stolen vehicles, Police station Parimpora registered a case under FIR number 16/2020 under station 420, 379, 120-B IPC.

“Investigations were taken up and during the course of probe, five accused were arrested and nine vehicles seized that were stolen from different parts of country. The vehicles were recovered from different locations of Srinagar, Budgam, Baramulla and Bandipora,” the DIG said.

He said that the modus operandi of the accused was to lift the vehicles, identify a similar vehicle of same model, make and colour operating  in a  different state with a genuine owner a and get a duplicate registration number. “Duplicate registration certificates were also made to misled the buyers,” he said.

Those arrested, according to the DIG include, are Muhammad Ayoub Dar, of Sumbal, Muhammad Ayoub Khan of Berwah, Budgam, Sameer Ahmed of Beerwah, Budgam, Liyaqat Ali Dar of Pattan, Baramulla, and Muhammad Younis Rather of Nasrullahpora Budgam.

“The six accused is still absconding. He has been identified as Hilal Ahmed Lone of Wanigam, Pattan,” the DIG said, adding that the recovered vehicles include three Vitara Breza vehicles, one Scorpio, one Safari, one Alto, one Ciaz, one Swift and one Swift Dezire,” he said—