Gurgaon cops bust man operating two cabs with same registration number
Police have arrested a resident of Kanpur for operating two cabs bearing the same registration number in the city. Maintaining that he did not own either of the cars and was using them on lease, police said one of the two cabs was attached to a cab aggregator.
Stating that a case regarding the matter has been registered under IPC sections 420 (cheating) 476 (counterfeiting) at Palam Vihar police station, police said the accused, 30-year-old Dhirender Kumar, used to live alone at a rented accommodation on Carterpuri Road.
Inspector Vikram Nehra, station house officer (SHO) of Palam Vihar police station, said, “One of the cars belonged to a man who had affiliated it with OLA cabs, while the other was a commercial vehicle. The accused had changed its number plate and replaced it with one that had the same characters and numbers as the first.”
Nehra said the accused used to lease one of the vehicles to other drivers to capitalise on multiple bookings made on the same registration number plate, and take a share of the profit. He, however, refused to divulge details about the owners of the cars.
The issue came to light when a photograph of both the vehicles — with the same number — parked together was clicked and shared on Twitter by road safety officer Navdeep Singh, a resident of Sector 101. The picture, uploaded on Tuesday, showed the two Maruti Suzuki Wagon R cabs, each with an Ola sticker, parked next to each other at a vacant plot in Sector 23. The picture indicated that they both displayed the same registration numbers — ‘HR 55 Y 0483’.
On seeing the tweet, Gurugram police replied to Singh and assured him that the matter had been conveyed to the SHO of the area for investigation.
“We were scanning the area in the hope of finding the vehicles, and, around 5.30 pm on Thursday, we traced both the cars,” Nehra said.
Speaking on the matter, Singh said, “The quick response by Gurugram police, who caught the accused in under 48 hours, shows the power of social media. I am glad the accused was caught before any untoward incident could happen.”
Meanwhile, an Ola spokesperson said, “We compliment the Gurugram police for their swift action.”