The Chandigarh Police announced that it has busted a gang of auto lifters. It said that a team of police officials from the police station at Sector 3 had set up a naka on the road dividing sectors 8/ 9 under the supervision of Inspector Neeraj Sarna,where two of the accused,Mandeep Sharma and Dharambir Singh,both residents of Village Kansal,Distt Mohali were apprehended on July 27. During interrogation,the duo revealed the involvement of one of their accomplices,Vikas,another resident of Mohali. Vikas was arrested the next day,July 28.
During interrogation,the accused confessed that they had stolen a number of two-wheelers from different locations in the city. A total of 9 motorcycles (2 Pulsar,2 Hero Honda,5 bullet) and one car (Maruti Zen) worth Rs 6.50 lakh were recovered from the possession of the three.
With the recovery,the police have been able to solve three cases of theft pending at the police station at Sector 3,two cases pending at the police station at Sector 17 and one at the police station at Sector 11. The remaining vehicles,which have been stolen from Chandigarh and neighbouring states,are being verified.
The accused used to target young couples visiting parks and gardens in the city. One of them used to keep an eye on the couples movements and waiting for the right time,the other one used to steal the vehicle. After stealing the vehicle,the accused used to give it to Dharambir,an auto mechanic,who would further modify the vehicles. The accused would then sell the vehicles in the nearby villages surrounding Chandigarh to prospective buyers at cheaper rates. The money they received after selling the vehicles was used in buying branded clothes and other accessories and in leading a lavish life style.
Dharambir and Mandeep have studied up to class XII and the third accused,Vikas,is a school dropout. Vikas is addicted to drugs. All of the three have been remanded to police custody till July 31. The entire operation was carried out under the direct supervision of Ashish Kapoor,Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP),Central,Chandigarh.