Parking lots becoming a haven for vehicle lifters

  • Gurpreet Singh Chhina, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Dec 17, 2014 14:44 IST

City’s parking lots seem to be safe parking places for the stolen vehicles. Vehicle lifters’ gangs that were busted this month by police claimed that they used to park such vehicles in the parking lots of various markets. These vehicles were then subsequently sold to junk dealers in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh.

During an interrogation, the vehicle lifters said it was convenient to dump stolen vehicles in the city’s parking lots, as it takes some days to strike a deal with the junk dealers in UP. The accused also confessed that they used to fix fake registration number on the vehicles after stealing them.

The police claimed to have busted a gang of vehicle lifters on December 1 and recovered a total of nine motorcycles, three LPG cylinders and a mobile phone from the possession of the accused, identified as Ashok Kumar and Anil, both are the residents of Chandigarh and working as vegetable vendors, and Mohammad Afzal, a resident of Meerut in UP.

The police said during interrogation, Ashok confessed that he used to lift vehicles from different vegetable markers.

Telling about the modus operandi of the vehicle lifters, a cop, on condition of anonymity, said as the deal took some days, these parking lots helped them to dump vehicles.

“The gang used to send the vehicles’ documents to Afzal in UP. The latter used to buy the vehicles for Rs 4,000 each. Afzal then disposed of the stolen vehicles as scrap and sold it to people further,” the sop added.

The police also busted another gang of auto lifters on december 10 and recovered six motorcycles, two three-wheelers and three gas cylinders from their possession.

The accused have been identified as Vicky and Vicky, alias Bagga, both are residents of Sector- 25 colony. They had also revealed that they were also parking stolen vehicles in city’s parking lots. The police had recovered the vehicles dumped by them from different parking lots in the city.

Chandigarh SSP Dr Sukhchain Singh said it was learnt from the investigation that the vehicle lifters had not only been using parking lots, but also forest areas of the city, following which the cops decided to conduct night patrolling in such areas and recover such vehicles.

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