Amid rise in the carjacking incidents in the city, recent cases have come to light in which stolen cars were found being used in Noida after getting them 'registered' with the concerned authorities.
Senior police officials say a gang is operating in Noida which after lifting vehicles sells them off in other states, especially in northeastern states.
For example, take the case of Raj Bahadur, a Sector 39 resident. He came to know in June that his Mahindra Bolero, which was stolen in 2008, was being used in Shimla.
"I bought the car from Koncept Automobiles on June 4, 2008. Exactly after nine days, it was stolen from near my house," said Bahadur.
It was mere luck that Bahadur came to know about his SUV through Mahindra's service centre in Shimla when an employee of that centre informed him about his car.
"On June 25 this year, I got a call from Snowview Automobile at Shimla. The caller told me to take back the four-wheeler as it had been serviced. He had service book of the car, which had my number," said Bahadur.
Bahadur, who had lost all hope of getting back his stolen car, was shocked.
"In order to cross check the information I rushed to Shimla and told the man to keep the vehicle's document with him," added Bahadur.
It was found that the vehicle, which was yet to be registered with the Noida RTO, carried a Uttarakhand number plate. The chassis and engine numbers were that of the car which Bahadur purchased four years ago.
After approaching the Noida police, it was revealed that the vehicle's documents were forged.
Bahadur alleged that his complaint was not registered by the police. Now, he has decided to move court.
This is not a single case. Around six people have a similar experience.
Himanshu Madhra, a resident of Delhi, visits the Sector 20 police station daily to know about his stolen new car.
He bought Hyundai i10 car on June 21 in 2012 and on the second day the car was stolen from outside his friend's house in Sector 20.
When Madhra checked with Hyundai dealer, he found that the car with the same engine and chassis numbers had come for service at a showroom in Manipur.
"Company details show that the car was being used in Manipur. But the number plate of the car was changed. The thieves are using Assam's number plate. Police have assured that they have exchanged the car details with Manipur police to nab the thieves," said Madhra.
Yogesh Singh, superintendent of police (city) said, "In most of the cases, stolen cars are immediately taken out of the city. Most of the cars which are stolen in Noida are sold in other states. Recent trends show that stolen cars are used in northeastern states."