THE CHANDIGARH Police has busted an interstate gang of vehicle lifters by arresting its six members and recovered 36 stolen vehicles from their possession. The police claimed that apart from 36 vehicles — 24 two-wheelers and 12 four-wheelers — 15 other vehicles stolen from Delhi were dismantled and sold to one of the gang members, who is a scrap dealer.
SP (operations) Ravi Kumar said, “The first member of the gang identified as Charanpreet Singh, alias Channi, a resident of Delhi, was arrested on September 22. His sustained interrogation led to the arrest of five other gang members identified as Dhanwinder Sharma, Harpreet Singh, residents of Ambala, Sher Singh of Kurushetra, Raj Kumar of Yamunanagar, Sanjeev Kumar, alias Kali of Mukatsar district in Punjab.”
Charanpreet was arrested while driving a stolen Lancer car which had a fake registration number plate. The car was stolen from Rajpura near Patiala. Channi was interrogated which led to the recovery of four vehicles: Innova, Maruti car, a motorcycle and a scooter.
Further investigation into the case led to the arrest of other gang members identified as Dhanwinder Sharma and Harpreet Singh, both residents of Ambala city, Sher Singh, a resident of Kakroli village in Kurukshetra, and Raj Kumar, a resident of Sandhala village in Yamunanagar district.
Inspector Amanjot Singh of crime branch said, “The arrest of scrap dealer Sanjeev, who used to purchase the stolen vehicles and further sell them in scrap, led to recovery of 21 two-wheelers and four vehicles. He also disclosed that he had dismantled about 15 vehicles, which were stolen by Charanpreet Singh from Delhi and later handed them over to him.”
The accused used to steal vehicles from Chandigarh, Panchkula, Mohali, Delhi and various parts of Punjab and Haryana.
The truck loaded with 19 stolen two-wheelers was recovered from Daria in Chandigarh recently. The truck had been parked there by scrap dealer Sanjeev since August and he was looking for an opportunity to transport the vehicles to Punjab.
On Tuesday, a local court remanded all the six accused in judicial custody.
Judicial officer’s SUV
Police said the members of the interstate gang had stolen a Fortuner of a judicial officer in Mohali but the officer along with his friends located his SUV near Gharaunda in Karnal in January this year as there was a global positioning system installed in the SUV.