Intensifying their drive against inter-state car lifters, the Amritsar police on Thursday claimed to have recovered 29 more cars taking the total number of recovered cars to 64.
Police had busted a gang of inter-state car lifters in December last. Addressing mediapersons at a press conference here on Thursday, police commissioner Jatinder Singh Aulakh said: “After a major breakthrough by special branch additional commissioner of police (ADCP) HS Brar-led team that had busted an inter-state car lifters’ gang and recovered 35 luxury cars, police got another success by recovering 29 more cars, taking the total to 64.”
In the present case, said Aulakh, Punjab police head constable Rashpal Singh, DTO office clerk Amritpal Singh and local Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Shiv Pandit were also involved and had been arrested during the first recovery (35 cars).
The police commissioner said some other accused, including another clerk of the DTO office Ravinder Singh, Balwinder Partap Singh, Massa, Sukhchain Singh and Happy were on the run.
On Modus operandi, Aulkah said, “It was found that the suspects had formed a vehicles/car theft gang at the national-level. After arranging stolen cars from Delhi and Uttar Pradesh, they used to get fake registration papers for the stolen vehicles prepared by Amritpal, who is posted with the Amritsar DTO office.”
When asked to comment on the stickers of various political parties fixed on the cars, Aulakh denied any linkage to a political leader.
The cars recovered by police are luxurious, including Mercedes, Fortuner, Bolero, Innova and Verna. Police said the DTO officials and Punjab police cop involved in the racket allegedly used to arrange documents for the stolen cars. The cars were mostly brought in from Delhi and sold to customers here.