Gang that duped car rentals in NCR and sold vehicles in Nepal busted
The police said the gang preferred SUVs and rented them from agencies in Gurugram, Palwal, Delhi, Noida, Ghaziabad, Rohtak, Jhajjar, Bhiwani and Chandigarh.Updated: May 16, 2019 02:45 IST
The police on Wednesday busted an interstate gang of car thieves who allegedly rented cars in the city and drove them to Nagaland and Nepal to sell them. Two members of the gang were arrested from Wazirabad in the city on the basis of a tipoff. The police said four other members of the gang are on the run and a hunt has been launched to nab them.
The police said the gang preferred SUVs and rented them from agencies in Gurugram, Palwal, Delhi, Noida, Ghaziabad, Rohtak, Jhajjar, Bhiwani and Chandigarh. The cars were sold off for ₹5 lakh-₹7 lakh. The police said the gang had rented and sold off at least 57 cars in the last five years. The police on Wednesday allegedly recovered a Mahindra Scorpio from the two men.
The gang came under the scanner after they duped a city-based car rental in Sector 82 twice within a month. According to the police, they received a complaint from Deepak Kumar, a resident of Sector 82 on Tuesday evening that a man had contacted him on May 11 and expressed interest in renting a Scorpio for three days.
“We received a call last Saturday (May 11) and the man introduced himself as Sagar, a resident of southwest Delhi. He inquired about the charges of Scorpio and after negotiation, we finalised a daily rent of ₹3,200. Within a few minutes, he sent his identification documents such as Aadhaar card, driving license and PAN card on WhatsApp. After checking the IDs, we handed over the SUV to him for three days but he did not return until Tuesday. We sent an employee to his address and found that he had given the wrong address and all his IDs were fake,” said Kumar in his complaint to the police.
The police said when Kumar tried to call up the phone number from which the man had called him, it was switched off. He approached the police on Tuesday.
Rajesh Kumar, deputy commissioner of police (Manesar), said the victim also disclosed that this was the second such incident within a month and people with the same modus operandi had taken another SUV on April 16 for 25 days but never returned. “We formed teams and we roped in crime investigation unit of Sector 10. Based on technical and human intelligence the teams got the location of the suspects and they were arrested from Wazirabad crossing on Wednesday afternoon,” he said.
The police said the SUV also had a global positioning system (GPS) which helped them follow the route taken by the car thieves.
The suspects were identified as Ajit Yadav, 34, a resident of Mahidnergarh and Sahil Kumar, 22, a resident of Jhojhu Kalan in Charkhi Dadri.
A case under sections 406 (criminal breach of trust), 420 (fraud ), 467 (forging document) and 468 (forgery) of the Indian Penal Code was registered at Kherki Daula police station on Tuesday night.
The men reportedly told the police that there were six members in their gang and Pawan Kumar, a resident of Charkhi Dadri in Bhiwani, was their leader. Kumar had formed the gang around five years ago. “The suspects told us that Pawan used to assign the task to them and sent the addresses of the car rental companies in the Delhi-NCR. He used to send them the forged identification documents based on which they used to rent cars,” said Jitender Yadav, inspector, CIA 10.
The police said the gang preferred SUVs since they were in demand by their buyers in the Northeast and Nepal. The gang was divided into three groups of two each. “The kingpin and his close aide used to drive the SUVs down from Lucknow to the Northeast. Two others used to prepare the forged documents from Uttar Pradesh and the arrested suspects used to rent SUVs,” said Yadav.
The two, who rented the cars from Gurugram and neighbouring areas, would take them to the kingpin in Lucknow. They also supplied these vehicles to car dealers in Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, and Delhi after using them for a few months, the police said.
“The gang was involved in dozens of such fraud cases and has targeted more than 50 such companies in the Delhi-NCR. We will produce the suspects before the court and demand five days police remand to know the exact details of the gang members and their area of operation,” Yadav said.
The company officials said this was the second time the gang members had targeted them.
“The first time, they had contacted us on April 15 and took the SUV on rent for 25 days. On the day of booking, they had deposited ₹1,000 in our account. Then they gave ₹6,400 and in these 25 days, they had deposited more money in the company’s account. We realised we had been duped after they switched off their mobile numbers and did not return the car. We sent one of our employees to the given address but there was no such place as mentioned in the id,” said Rishab Aswal, chief management official of the company.
Many such companies have stopped renting cars to people providing documents of Rohtak, Jhajjar, Bhiwani, and Palwal as they have been duped by people using IDs of these areas, the police said.