ITANAGAR, The Capital police has busted a gang of inter-state bike lifters and recovered eight two-wheelers from their possession with several face documents of two wheelers including driving license and number plates of the vehicles.
Capital Complex superintendent of police Jimmy Chiram informed that capital police team of Naharlagun police station has made the breakthrough during the surprise motor vehicle checking in and around the Capital Complex when two miscreants, Habijul Ali and Ekramul tried to flee the nakah at Dikrong check gate. He said the natives of Lakhimpur, Assam were arrested after a brief chase and who later admitted lifting the FZ motorcycle they were riding from Damsite in Naharlagun.
“During the course of the investigation, it came to light that both Habijul and Ekramul are habitual offenders with around 10 cases of vehicle theft registered against them at Naharlagun, Laluk and Bihpuria police station. Both of them met at July jail and decided to commit theft together once they got out. After getting out of the jail, Habijul came to Naharlagun and met Ekramul and they stole around eight motorcycles together from the Itanagar capital region,” the SP said.
Talking about the modus operandi, Chiram said that after stealing the bikes from ICR the lifters would WhatsApp the bike’s engine and chassis number to their contacts at Bangalmara to create fake registration certificates. Then, with the help of the fake RCs, the miscreants would smuggle the stolen vehicles to Assam and sell it to one Eliyash Uddin @ Eli Ali of Bangalmara for Rs 10,000 to 15,000; Eliyash, in turn, would sell the vehicles to other customers in Assam, the SP added.
With the arrest of lifters and recovery of vehicles, the Capital police have also uncovered the interstate racket of fake registration certificates, driving licenses, and inner line permits.
While the three accused are lodged at Naharlagun police station, the police have spread their net to arrest another accused Mafidul Islam.
SP further appeal the vehicle owner of capital complex not to park their vehicles in isolated places and abandoned on roadside and requested to keep the vehicles either two wheelers or four wheelers in safer places and if possible apply anti theft system or local system to avoid such incident time and again.