Jubair Anwar's motorcycle was stolen about three years ago. And now it has turned into the proverbial albatross around this Delhi resident's neck.
Not only have police failed to recover it but the culprit too has been riding around the city, committing more crimes right under their noses, landing Anwar in trouble time and again.
Anwar's bike, with the number DL7F 7886, was stolen in April 2005 from Dilshad Garden in east Delhi. He registered a complaint (FIR) with the police and hoped he would get his vehicle back.
"Police were neither able to recover my bike nor arrest the culprits. But I was shocked when in 2006, policemen came knocking at my door and said that my vehicle had been used in a chain-snatching incident in the Civil Lines area in north Delhi," Anwar, who is a property dealer, told IANS.
The matter was sorted out after Anwar showed a copy of the FIR on the theft of the vehicle at the Dilshad Garden police station.
But that wasn't the end of his woes. On Feb 11, he received summons from the Karkardooma court.
"I was not aware what the summons was for. When I went to the court, I found that my bike was found jumping a traffic signal and I was supposed to pay a fine of Rs.600," Anwar rued.
"The most annoying thing was that the traffic signal concerned was near the Delhi-Ghaziabad border near my house. The thief is working right under the nose of Delhi Police," he said.
Police, meanwhile, have now moved court to close the case, as they have not been able to find the stolen bike.
"The case has now become an albatross around my neck. Police have been seeking a closure of the case and I have been making rounds of the court time and again to find the investigating officer of the case," Anwar said.
Both Anwar and the investigating officer have to be present in the court for the case to be closed formally.
Motorbikes are easy targets for thieves as they lack effective security systems. Two-wheelers can be stolen easily by just unlocking the vehicle with a duplicate key.
In 2007, Delhi reported the highest number of motorbike thefts at 4,066.