Seven persons were arrested on Monday for their alleged involvement in lifting of luxury vehicles from the state capital.
The arrests were made during a joint operation by the special task force (STF) and the Patna police in the state capital and Muzaffarpur. Two SUVs, eight cell phones, tools used in breaking vehicle locks and Rs 2100 in cash were seized from them during the raids.
Senior superintendent of police (SSP) Amrit Raj said an SIT team, acting on a tip-off, intercepted an SUV near eWest 90 Feet Moref and informed officials of Patrakar Nagar police station, who rushed to the spot and interrogated the occupants of the vehicle.
"During interrogation, police found that all the five occupants of the SUV were members of a vehicle-lifters' gang. They have been arrested," the SSP said, adding the vehicle in which they were travelling was stolen on Sunday night. "On the basis of disclosures made by arrested persons, a police team raided some areas in Muzaffarpur and recovered a stolen luxury vehicle, which had been lifted by the gang from Patrakar Nagar area," said the SSP. "The police also arrested two more persons from Muzaffarpur and seized tools used in breaking locks of the vehicle," the SSP added.
"The gang members were involved in lifting of more than 100 luxury vehicles from Patrakar Nagar, Kankarbagh and Ramkrishna Nagar areas," said the SSP.
The gang had its network spread in Muzaffarpur, Sitamarhi and Motihari. They used to sell stolen vehicles in Nepal through a receiver in the price range of R40,000 to R60,000. "We are confident that further interrogation of the gang members will lead to more arrests. A case has been lodged with Patrakar Nagar police station in this regard," he added.