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Unholy nexus: A priest by day, bike thief at night

delhi Updated: Nov 16, 2016 01:47 IST
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A priest during the day, Ram Kumar, a Mathura resident, allegedly stole bikes for a living. He was arrested by a police team along with his associate Harish,23, for stealing two-wheelers in Delhi.
A priest during the day, Ram Kumar, a Mathura resident, allegedly stole bikes for a living. He was arrested by a police team along with his associate Harish,23, for stealing two-wheelers in Delhi.

“I have sinned and God will punish me,” is what Ram Kumar, 24, has been repeating to police officers interrogating him at the Dwarka North police station in south-west Delhi.

A priest during the day, Ram Kumar, a Mathura resident, allegedly stole bikes for a living. He was arrested by a police team along with his associate Harish,23, for stealing two-wheelers in Delhi.

So far, police have recovered eight stolen bikes from them.

On Sunday night, police officers at the Kakrola road in south-west Delhi spotted two men in a bike. “Their style of riding appeared suspicious. We stopped the bike and asked them for papers, which they failed to show. We checked the registration number and found it was stolen from Uttam Nagar in October. They were arrested from the spot,” said a police officer.

The two were taken to the police station where they reportedly confessed they stole bikes for a living. Ram Kumar told the police that around a year ago, he had come to Delhi from Mathura to work as a priest. He brought along Harish, who is from Aligarh.

They visited colonies in south-west Delhi offering to read the Bhagwad Gita and read religious scriptures. He had bought a priest’s dress, a loudspeaker, carpet and tent.

Around seven months ago, Harish found an abandoned bike while returning from a scripture reading session. The two rode to Mathura and sold it there.

“For 2-3 hours during the day, Ramkumar worked as a priest. After this they looked around for two-wheelers. They stole mostly at night,” said an officer.

The two told police they stole bikes from outside parks and metro stations. In Mathura, the bikes were sold for R 5000-10,000 depending on the year they were manufactured.

“They claim to use a master key to open the steering of old bikes. Harish claimed all he needs is to connect two wires after opening the bike’s engine casket to start the bike.”

More than 24 hours after the two were arrested, police sources said it was Harish who revealed the location of the eight bikes they had stolen. Ram Kumar is mostly silent.

“Ram Kumar says he has realized he is a priest by birth and not a thief. He has gone into a shell and talks about God and his sins. Maybe he will speak before the judge tomorrow,” an officer said.