The district police claimed to have arrested five members of an interstate gang of vehicle thieves and seized one tractor, two Mahindra cars, 13 motorcycles, one scooter and 2 computers with two printers. The seized booty is worth Rs 14 lakh.
Senior superintendent of police (SSP) Hardial Singh Mann told mediapersons that the arrested have been identified as Ranjit Singh, Sarwan Singh of Chhanga Khurd, now residing at Kamre Wala village under Jalalabad police station; Bachitter Singh alias Pavitar Singh of Gulali village of Tarn Taran police station, now residing in Lakheempur Khiri district in Uttar Pardesh, Hardeep Singh and Angrej Singh of Yodha Bhaini police station, Jalalabad.
He said the accused were arrested on a tip-off when they were trying to sell a motorcycle bearing fake number plate (PB10N-5245) and an Activa scooter with a fake number plate (PB11A-1630) in a market here.
The accused, who were arrested on Wednesday, were booked under sections 260, 379, 411, 413, 420, 465, 467, 468, 471 IPC.
During investigation, the accused confessed that they had stolen 13 motorcycles from Malout, Muktsar and Dabwali.
In preliminary investigation, members of the gang confessed that Bachitter Singh was leader of the gang and there are 3 cases of theft in police stations of Guru Harsahai, Ferozepur city and Sadar Ferozepur police stations already registered against him. There are 11 different cases of theft registered against Ranjit Singh and Sarwan Singh in various police stations of the state.
They confessed that they had formed the gang while they were in Ferozepur jail. They further confessed that they had been vehicles for the last two years and were active in Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Punjab.
Angrej Singh, who runs a photostat shop at Sukhera Bodla village used to make forged RCs/documents as well as fake ID proofs of stolen vehicle owners with the help of fake DTO office stamps. After making fake RCs/documents etc, they used to sell those vehicles to gullible people.