Two days after a blue WagonR — used extensively by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal during the 2015 Assembly polls — was stolen from outside the Delhi Secretariat, police on Saturday recovered the car from Ghaziabad’s Mohan Nagar. Delhi Police said a passerby spotted the car lying abandoned on the side of the road and alerted Ghaziabad Police. Claiming that the car appears to have been stolen for a joyride, police maintained that efforts are on to nab the accused.
A sword has been recovered from inside the vehicle, police said, adding that they confirmed that it is indeed the car that was donated to AAP by a UK-based volunteer — after checking the engine chassis number. The car was registered in the name of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and was being used by the party’s media coordinator Vandana Singh, police said. DCP (central) M S Randhawa told The Sunday Express, “We have verified it after checking the car’s engine chassis number. Our teams are still looking for the auto-lifter and are trying to establish his identity.”
Meanwhile, Delhi Police spokesperson Madhur Verma said, “The way the car was found abandoned, there is a possibility that it could have been lifted for a joyride and later dumped. Although, the chances of an organised gang being involved is not being ruled out yet.” During investigation, police trailed the car through CCTV footage from Delhi Secretariat, Indraprastha Metro station, ISBT Sarai Kale Khan up to DND flyover. “This led us to suspect it was taken to Noida, Ghaziabad or some other place in western UP. Police teams were sent to places such as Meerut and Mathura,” he said.
Investigators are also scanning the dossier of auto-lifters to nab the person responsible for the theft. Based on footage from a CCTV camera near the Delhi Secretariat, the anti-auto-theft squad (AATS) of the central district is trying to identify the person who stole the car. “They got crucial leads after they found footage that shows a man, wearing a T-shirt and aged around 40 years, sitting inside the car. He later started the car and left the spot. Later, police found another footage from Indraprastha Metro station that showed the car crossing the area,” sources said.
The recovery comes a day after Kejriwal, in a letter to L-G Anil Baijal, said the incident points to the “rapidly deteriorating” law and order situation in the capital.