Diplomatic number plates on police radar
Dreaded criminals from adjoining states have now found a unique way to sneak into Delhi — by using imported cars carrying blue diplomatic (CD) number plates.
This modus operandi came to light after two wanted criminals from Ballia in Uttar Pradesh were shot dead on April 26 in an encounter by the UP Special Task Force on the busy Noida expressway adjoining Delhi.
“We are writing to embassies seeking details of vehicles sold by them so that if any such vehicle is seen it could be intercepted,” SSP A.K.Singh told Hindustan Times.
“Meanwhile the police force has been directed to keep watch on diplomatic number vehicles.”
The gangsters — Ajay and Ashutosh, each carrying a reward of Rs 50,000 on his head — were travelling in a car with a diplomatic number plate — 17 CD A/F (Applied For).
The police impounded the car from the encounter scene.
Enquiries revealed the car originally belonged to the Chinese embassy and had apparently been sold in an auction to a person called Atul several months ago.
When the police tried to locate Atul, they found he had given a fictitious address.
“It was a car of the Chinese Embassy. They bought the car but did not change the number plate to fool the police,” UP Special Task Force Senior Superintendent of Police Navin Arora said.
The unauthorised use of such number plates to drive in and out of the Capital unquestioned has rung alarm bells in the Delhi Police, especially when the city is on high alert.