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Hunt on for man who made off with Delhi police Gypsy, cops fear it may be misused

The white Gypsy had been hired by Delhi Police for its quick response team. The Gypsy was parked at the house of the driver when it was stolen.

delhi Updated: Aug 10, 2017 13:57 IST
Shiv Sunny
Shiv Sunny
Hindustan Times
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The Delhi police have formed multiple teams to trace the vehicle, but have been unable to locate it so far.(HT FILE)

A white gypsy hired by the Delhi Police to serve one of its quick response teams (QRTs) was stolen from south Delhi’s Kotla Mubarakpur village on Sunday morning, leaving the police in a tizzy ahead of the Independence Day.

The police are afraid the vehicle could be misused by criminals as it could give them easy access to sensitive places. Police fear thieves could have intentionally targeted this vehicle as it has ‘Delhi Police’ written on it.

The theft happened around 5am on Sunday, but the police have no clue about the vehicle yet. They have formed multiple teams to trace the vehicle, but have failed to locate it.

According to Ishwar Singh, DCP (south), the white gypsy with a soft roof was among several such vehicles rented by the police to help police teams quickly reach crime spots or people in distress. One such vehicle is attached with each police station, the officer said.

In this case, the gypsy was of Tughlaq Road police station and was driven by a private person hired by the Delhi Police, the DCP said. The driver reported to the quick response team.

After his duty ended at around 10pm on Saturday, the driver took the gypsy to Kotla Mubarakpur village where he lives. He parks the vehicle in the neighbourhood, not far from his home.

“But when he wanted to report to duty on Sunday morning, he could not spot the vehicle. He immediately alerted the police after which an investigation was launched,” said the DCP.

The DCP said that a CCTV camera installed near the parking area had caught the theft. “Someone is seen driving away the gypsy at 5.06am. The camera could not capture the thief’s face,” the DCP said.

Having finished questioning the current driver, the police has also interrogated another man who had left the driver’s job recently. But the former driver was found innocent, police said.

First Published: Aug 10, 2017 13:56 IST