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Three vehicle lifters were arrested and about 12 motor vehicles along with a country-made weapon and two live cartridges were recovered from their possession, police officials said. The accused have been identified as Balwinder Singh(23), Lakhwinder Singh(22) and Mehar Ali (26) from Mohali. “The accused were arrested on different days and their sustained interrogation led the recovery of 12 vehicles and country-made weapon along with cartridges. The first accused, Balwinder Singh, was arrested on October 13. He was travelling in a stolen car and following his discloser, two others including Lakhwinder and Mehar was arrested. The country-made weapon with cartridges were recovered from Lakhwinder,” said SSP Nilambri Vijay Jagdale.
The investigation officer in the case, Sub Inspector (SI) Ashok Kumar, said, “The three has a criminal background and are undertrails in the cases of vehicle thefts. Balwinder is being interrogated to ascertain the source of illegal weapon. During investigation they disclosed that they are drug addicts and they took out the parts of a motorcycle and sold them to purchase drugs.”
Police said that they had stolen several motorcycles from Maloya area, Sector 34, Sector 39 and other sectors situated in southern division of Chandigarh. Police said three accused belong to poor families and are drug addicts. The accused Balwinder stole the vehicle from Tricity and sold it at Bareilly. Meanwhile, police at Sector 31 police station also solved a case of burglary and recovered the stolen items worth Rs 2.40 lakh on Saturday. According to the police, Bhai Ram, a resident of phase-1, Ramdarbar, lodged an FIR stating that he went to visit his daughter at her home situated in Panchkula, and when he returned back he discovered that cash worth Rs 3,80,000 was stolen by allegedly breaking the locks of his house on October 13.
During the course of investigation, the suspected person Mukesh, alias Neena was arrested and during interrogation, he confessed to have committed the crime. Police said Neena had concealed part of stolen money of Rs 1.20 lakh at his house and also purchased some jewellery worth Rs 1.20 lakh and with the rest of the amount was disposed off in gambling.