Not just a pat on the back, passing on information on stolen vehicles will now also fetch you Rs5,000 reward.
To put a brake on stolen vehicles plying on the roads of sensitive Balaghat district, the police have launched a new drive under which whistle-blowers will be given a cash award.
A sensitive district, both in terms of Maoists activities and illegal mining, Balaghat has over 10,000 four-wheelers and heavy vehicles and physical verification of all vehicles was not possible.
"If anyone gives us information on stolen or illegal vehicles, we will conduct verification and (if the) information is found (to be) right, we will award the informer. The identity of the informer will not be disclosed," said superintendent of police, Balaghat, Gaurav Tiwari.
The SP said stolen vehicles were generally being used for criminal activities or for illegal mining and whenever police zeroed in on such vehicles, the driver invariably escaped, leaving behind the vehicle.
The initiative comes close on the wheels of the arrest of a regional transport officer (RTO) of Balaghat, who was running a racket of stolen vehicles in the district.
The accused used his position to provide fake registration numbers to the vehicles, police said.
"After arresting (the) RTO, we seized (incriminating) documents from the RTO's office, which indicate that registration of around 90 vehicles are suspicious. During the course of investigation, we also learned that several stolen vehicles are plying in the district," Tiwari said.
The racketeers used to tamper the engine number and chassis number of stolen vehicles before getting them fraudulently registered, he said.