As many as seven to eight motorcycles are stolen from Gurgaon every day. Ever wondered where these bikes go?
HT tried to look for the answer and found that most of these stolen two-wheelers are taken all the way to two villages in Mewat— Luhingakalan and Jamalgarh. In fact, sometimes, owners of stolen luxury bikes even get phone calls, asking them to pay up and get the vehicles back.
Mewat is located about 70 kilometres from Gurgaon. An HT team came across a thriving business of stolen vehicles, especially two-wheelers, in the two villages.
Luhingakalan village in the district receives 10 stolen bikes every day, claimed locals who are aware of the racket. Most of these bikes are stolen from Gurgaon, while others from Rewari and Delhi, they said.
According to locals, In Luhingakalan and Jamalgarh, there are several gangs that deal in stolen bikes and their spare parts, which can be bought for a song. However, there is a caveat. No deal can be finalised without a reference, said Shaukat Ali, a local in Luhingakalan.
He said there are small workshops where deals for stolen vehicles and their parts are finalised.
Another resident of the village said multiple gangs are involved in the business and the gangs are structured very systematically, with each member performing a definite role.
According to him, these gangs work under a contractor, who collects information about demand of stolen vehicles, plans the thefts and ways to dispose of the stolen bikes. Another group steals bikes from Gurgaon, Rewari or other places and hands them over to couriers who bring them to Luhingakalan.
Different gangs target different areas in the Gurgaon. Some steal vehicles from parking lots, others from Huda markets and residential colonies in Old and New Gurgaon.
“Young boys in the village are involved. They are trained to dismantle motorbikes within hours. They are paid Rs 1,000,” said Shaukat.
On an average, a member of the gang is able to make Rs 20 to Rs 25,000 a month, he claimed.
According to Shaukat, the gangs have dug up pits to hide stolen bikes in case of a police raid.
“Policemen walk on these pits but fail to spot the hidden vehicles,” he said.
Locals claimed that a brand new bike in Luhingakalan costs somewhere between Rs 8,000 and Rs 10,000 and one can get the latest spare parts for Rs 5,000.
On the face of it, Luhingakalan appears to be a normal village with tea stalls where men sit in groups and chat. However, if you have a reference or local contact, touts will happily take you to the nondescript workshops where you will be offered all kinds of two-wheelers.
“One should not come to the village without reference,” said Shaukat, whose house was surrounded by local youths when the HT team visited him.
As the team headed to the market, almost every one present there got alert at the sight of outsiders. Calls were made to the contractors about the visitors who could be policemen in disguise.
Sensing the mood, Shaukat asked the team to leave the village.
When asked about the impunity with which these gangs, Mewat superintendent of police Deepak Ahlawat said, “I have recently joined the Mewat district force and we are devising a strategy to curb the activities of these gangs. The deployment has already been increased and we are keeping an eye on the suspects. This is a high-priority area for us and we will check the crime soon.”