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Jamshedpur Police bust gang of bike lifters, two arrested, seven vehicles recovered

Jamshedpur, April 12 : In a major breakthrough, the police on Thursday busted a gang of bike lifters by arresting two persons and recovering seven stolen bikes from different parts of the city.

The arrested persons were identified as ManojBibhar (21), a resident of Sonari and Ritik Singh (18), a resident of NamdaBustee in Golmuri.

Superintendent of police (city) Prabhat Kumar said that on December 11 last year and on April 4 two cases of vehicle-lifting had been registered with the Telco police station.

In the case registered unknown criminals had stolen the scooter from near the house of a woman at Telco Colony in broad-day-light on December 11. In the other case, the criminals had stolen a bike from near a marriage reception party at IS&WP area in Telco on April 4 night.

“Realising rising cases of bike lifters, we set up a special team on April 5. The team which was being led by myself first intensified the information-gathering mechanism on bike-lifters. During the investigation, we came to know about a veteran bike lifter ManojBibhar who stayed at Sonari. We arrested Bibhar and recovered seven two-wheelers, including the two stolen from Telco Colony and IS&WP from his house,” said the city SP.

The arrested youths said that they had stolen the vehicles from residential areas in Telco, Golmuri and Sonari area. The criminals would steal the two-wheelers which were left only on handle locks.

Vehicle thefts have indeed assumed alarming proportions, registering a sharp rise in cases. Observers say that taking the lack of police effort in this area into account is also one of the reasons for the sudden rise.

Requesting anonymity, a senior police officer the victims who are a part of the lower middle class do not generally protest to pursue the case. “This is the reason why the motorcycle theft issue has never been taken seriously,” he observed.
He added that motorcycles can be easily disposed of, and there is “no concept of proper registration plates for motorcycles”. He said that the number of motorcycles had also drastically increased.

Most of the snatched or stolen motorcycles end up in the used spare parts markets after they are dismantled, according to sources, who add that a small number of motorcycles are taken to Bihar and other neighbouring states where they are disposed of.

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