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Luxury cars have new ‘patrons’

india Updated: May 12, 2009 00:27 IST
Karan Choudhury
Karan Choudhury
Hindustan Times
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It isn’t hi-tech gadgets and weapons they use but high-end cars. Honda Accords, Skoda Octavias and Superbs, Ford Endeavours, you name it and they have it.

Criminals in the Capital use hi-end cars to commit robberies, carjacking, snatching and other crimes. What’s more is that these cars are also helping them evade the police.

The trend started by ‘super chor’ Bunty, who was notorious for leading a lavish lifestyle, has now been picked up by all new-age criminals who are perfecting the art of using these cars to get away from the police.

The big-car funda

“A beat constable posted at a picket generally looks for three things when he scans any person on road. The mode of transport, the general appearance of the person and his behaviour when the police question him,” said a senior police officer.

“If a person is driving a high-end car like a Honda Civic, the beat constable would think twice before questioning him.” For this reason luxury cars have become one of the most favoured getaway vehicles of criminals.

Favourite with criminals

Satya Prakash alias Satte, who along with his four cronies was arrested after a police encounter in Green Park this year, was zipping around the city in an Honda Accord. But he had a different set of vehicles to commit the crime.

“They came on motorcycles and a Santro car to meet their accomplices and reach the crime spot. The Honda Accord was supposed to be their getaway vehicle,” added the officer.

Similarly, Ishtiyaq, a car stereo thief who struck at Green Park, Mayur Vihar, Anand Vihar, Maurya Enclave, Dwarka, Defence Colony, South Extension and Vasant Kunj among other places in just two months, used his own Hyundai Accent car.

How it all works

Most cars used in these crimes are either stolen or snatched. “They first steal or carjack such vehicles. Then they use it to commit crimes and later sell them at a good price in states like Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh,” said a police officer.