Ex-HR manager, stuntman held for vehicle thefts
A former human resource manager with an MNC in Noida and a bike stunt artist are among four men arrested for running an inter-state motor vehicle theft-cum-smuggling racket, police said on Sunday, HT reports.delhi Updated: Oct 15, 2012 00:38 IST
A former human resource manager with an MNC in Noida and a bike stunt artist are among four men arrested for running an inter-state motor vehicle theft-cum-smuggling racket, police said on Sunday.
As many as 18 cases of motor vehicle theft, police claimed, had been solved with the arrests of K Sanatomba Singh, 27 — an MBA from Coimbatore who worked as a human resource manager at an MNC and with a reputed international bank before becoming the leader of the gang — and his accomplices Ravi Masroor, 22, Farooq Ahmed, 23 and Sohail, 26.
“On October 9, at about 8:15 pm, information was received that the gang would travel through Kotla Mubarakpur in a stolen, silver-coloured Santro car with the intention to commit a crime. Accordingly, a raiding party was deployed and the car intercepted,” said Chhaya Sharma, deputy commissioner of police (south).
According to police, when the occupants of the vehicle were asked to produce its registration papers, they were found to be fake and the vehicle, stolen.
During interrogation, they broke down and conceded that they had initially come to Delhi in search of jobs, police said.
“Sanathomba Singh had worked both with an international bank as well as a human resource manager at an MNC in Noida. Saroor, who has very good knowledge about bikes, used to perform bike stunts for advertising agencies before both met and decided to take to crime to make a quick buck,” said DCP Sharma.
During the day, they would conduct a reconnaissance of various areas in different parts of Delhi and identify vehicles which they would target during early morning hours. One of them would break the locks of the bikes, while the others kept guard. They also had a workshop at their residence,” DCP Sharma said.
It was at this workshop, police claimed, that the trio would change the number plates of stolen vehicles, create fake registration certificates and finally take the vehicles to Meerut by road.
“In Meerut, the stolen vehicle would be received by one Abu Hassan who would then send these to Manipur via train. He gave the boys R40,000 for a stolen Bajaj Pulsar motorcycle and R60,000 for a Yamaha R-15 bike,” said DCP Sharma.
Eleven such vehicles, later identified as having been stolen from seven different parts of Delhi, were recovered from Meerut.
Later, at the instance of the gang, 18 fake registration certificates, insurance cover notes, stickers, number plates and tools used to break vehicular locks were recovered.