With the arrest of five accused, the Tarn Tarn police on Thursday claimed to have busted a gang of vehicle lifters allegedly involved in stealing vehicles and their illegal sale.
Police further claimed to have seized stolen four motorcycles from the possession of the accused — identified as Daljit Singh, Sandeep Singh, Afsardeep Singh, Kuldeep Singh, Kala Singh, all residents of Tarn Taran city.
The accused have been booked under sections 379 (punishment for theft), 411 (dishonestly receiving stolen property), 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property), 467 (forgery of valuable security, will, etc), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating), 471 (using as genuine a forged document or electronic record) and 120B (punishment for criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
Addressing a press conference, station house officer of the City police station Sukhbir Singh said the accused usually used to steal parked vehicles outside big offices and marriage palaces and modify those vehicles as per the need.
“Members of the gang used to replace original number plates from the stolen bikes with fake number plates. They also generated fake documents of the vehicles. After making the needed modifications, they used to sell the vehicles,” he said.
Assistant sub-inspector (ASI) Lakhbir Singh, who nabbed the alleged gang members, said, “Acting on information that the vehicle lifters were roaming in the area, we installed a naka (barricade) on the Tarn Taran-Jodhpur road. The accused were on their way to Tarn Taran from Jodhpur village when police caught them at the naka.”
During interrogation, said police, the accused purportedly have confessed to their involvement in stealing two-wheelers. “More vehicles are likely to be seized from their possession in days to come,” they said.