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Cops seize four weapons, 45 number plates from car-theft kingpin’s house

The police also recovered one car believed to have been stolen from New Delhi.

Written by Samudra Gupta Kashyap | Guwahati |
Updated: April 16, 2015 8:00:04 pm

Investigations into the car-theft racket following the arrest of its kingpin Anil Chauhan on Thursday led to recovery of four weapons including two revolvers and 45 vehicle number plates from his house at Mirza, a locality in the outskirts of the Assam capital.

The police also recovered one car believed to have been stolen from New Delhi.

“We last night conducted a search in a house where Chauhan used to stay, and recovered among other items two revolvers, one pistol, one single-barrel gun and 45 number plates believed to be of cars that Chauhan had stolen from different places and disposed off with new number plates,” a police officer said.

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The police also seized a bunch of documents relating to a financial company allegedly run by a brother of Anil Chauhan in Kamrup district, as also a passport in the name of Anil Chauhan.

Police suspect Chauhan had invested some of his earnings from sale of stolen vehicles in this financial company.

“We have also discovered that Chauhan used to make generous donations to temples, naam-ghars, youth clubs and women’s groups of the south Kamrup area.

It is suspected that he kept a group of youth in Mirza and other areas in the outskirts of Guwahati by making financial donations to such clubs and organizations,” the police officer said.

A team of Delhi Police officers meanwhile arrived in Guwahati on Wednesday seeking to interrogate Anil Chauhan who is wanted in numerous car-theft cases in the national capital in the past several years. The Delhi Police had declared him a proclaimed offender in as many as 76 car-lifting cases, it was learnt.

Meanwhile, Congress legislator Rumi Nath, who was arrested on Tuesday in connection with the two cases in which Chauhan was booked, has been sent to the Guwahati Central Jail after the chief judicial magistrate’s court here remanded her in 14 days’ judicial custody.

Chauhan’s wife Rita, said to be a primary member of the Congress party was also arrested yesterday.

“I have known Rumi Nath for many years. I had accompanied her to her constituency many times including during the election campaigns,” Rita Chauhan had told a local TV news channel on Wednesday immediately before her arrest.

Chauhan, who began his career as an autorickshaw driver in a New Delhi locality about 30 years ago to transform into India’s most-wanted car-lifter,has been implicated under several Sections of the IPC, including criminal conspiracy, cheating, forgery, possessing illegal arms, and also under certain sections of the Wildlife Protection Act.

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