Jamshedpur, June 22: A 22-year-old youth was arrested by the police for stealing a bike near Sanjay market at Sakchi.
The accused, identified as Gautam Singh is said to be an expert bike lifter as the police recovered a bunch of master-keys from his possession.
The police on Wednesday sent the accused, who is a resident of Chakradharpur in West Singhbhum, to Ghaghidih Central Jail after producing him before a judicial magistrate in the afternoon.
DSP (city) Animesh Nathani said that some shop-keepers of Sanjay Market had parked their bikes in a row in front of the shops. One of the shop-keepers saw that a youth trying to unlock the vehicle.
Soon other shop-keepers, who were also watching the scene, started their bike and chased the bike-lifter.
The DSP (city) said the arrest of Gautam assumes significance because during the search they found a bunch of master-keys in his trouser’s pocket.
Despite claims from the district police the cases of the motorcycle theft are on rise.
Steps have been taken by the police administration to curb menace but the situation seems to be deteriorating.
In last three months lone about 147 vehicles have been stolen from different parts of the city.
Cases of thefts have been reported mostly from police station areas of Bistupur, Sakchi, Jugsalai, Golmuri and Sonari.
He said that maximum cases are being reported from Bistupur and Sakchi, which are the two most commercial areas of the city.
“The prices of the motor vehicles have shot up this is one of the many reasons that led to the rising cases of thefts.
We have also found during our investigation that the stolen vehicles are dismantled and their parts are sold off as spare parts or built into new vehicle.
Several gangs from West Bengal and Bihar are also involved in it,” said a senior police officer.
Though the police claim to have pulled their socks up and increased their beat patrolling, the citizens are not ready to accept the claims.
“On an average five vehicles are being stolen in a week.
The police always claim to take stringent steps but the situation remains the same.
I think police need to increase extra vigil and harsh steps need to be taken against those involved in the racket.
It is true that a policeman cannot be deployed at every nook and corner.
But stiff action against the criminals will serve lessons,” said Nikhat Parveen, a student of Jamshedpur Women’s College whose two-wheeler was stolen from Bistupur.