Police on Sunday arrested a master car thief reportedly involved in more than 300 cases of auto theft. Police said the accused, Kiran Nepali (26), led a gang of car thieves who operated in South Delhi. According to police, Nepali has been involved with 30-40 auto thefts in the past few months.
Kiran’s associate Dilshad alias Imran, a scrap dealer from western UP’s Muzaffarnagar district, has also been arrested, police said. Investigation revealed that the stolen cars were sent to Muzaffarnagar, where they would be dismantled before being sold. Police have also recovered 10 stolen cars and a motorcycle.
DCP (South) B S Jaiswal said Nepali was arrested after a 10-km chase. Jaiswal said that on the night of April 15-16 a constable in R K Puram spotted a man driving an Alto, who seemed suspicious. So, the constable asked the driver for the papers.
“Instead of showing the documents, the driver fled the spot. Information about the driver and the car was sent over the wireless. When other police officers spotted the Alto at another check point, they took the help of some locals in another car and chased the Alto for about 10 kilometres. Another team in a motorcycle also following the Alto. At Safdarjung hospital, our team managed to stop the driver,” Jaiswal said.
Police said after questioning Nepali, they arrested his associate Imran. According to police, Nepali had sold 35 cars to Imran in the last few months. Jaiswal said interrogation revealed that Imran took the stolen cars to Muzaffarnagar, where he dismantled them and sold off the parts.
Police are on the lookout for one Sahil, a resident of Muzaffarnagar, who is believed to have received more than 100 cars in the past few months. Officers said Sahil, also a scrap dealer-cum-mechanic, is Imran’s associate.