Jamshedpur, Aug. 6: In a major breakthrough, the city police on Saturday succeeded in busting an inter-state four-wheeler lifters’ gang and recovered seven stolen vehicles. In addition, the police have also arrested four members of the criminal gang.
The arrested criminals include Sunil Kumar Singh, a resident of Birsanagar Zone No. 6; Tinku Das, a resident of Shantinagar in Baridih under Sidgora police station area, Vinay Kumar, a resident of Telco Colony and Mahish Agarwal of Bhalubasa under Sitaramdera police station area.
The police have recovered all the seven vehicles stolen from the city and neighboring rural areas. In addition, they recovered a computer and a printer from the possession of Manish Agarwal. They also seized several fake ID cards, including Aadhar card, driving license, ration card etc from Agarwal’s possession.
Addressing a press conference today, East Singhbhum senior superintendent of police (SSP) Anup T Mathew said that the police received a tip-off on August 5 (Friday) that four stolen cars were to be taken to Adityapur in the neighboring Seraikela-Kharsawan district from Birsanagar. Acting of the tip-off, the police set up a team.
“Accordingly, a vehicle checking point was set up at Golmuri. While the police were checking the papers of different vehicles, one white colored car tried to rush from the area. There were three people in the car. After a chase, the police personnel at the check post succeeded in stopping the vehicle and nabbing the three persons in the car,” Mathew said.
While checking the papers of the car it was revealed that the number plate on the car and that mentioned in the vehicle’s papers were different. During interrogation, the criminals confessed that the vehicle was stolen from Birsanagar and they were on their way to Adityapur to sell it.
During further interrogations, the arrested criminals revealed that Shiv Pujan Prasad and Rajkishore alias of Chhapra in Bihar and Kamta Singh alias Anil Kumar Prasad of Siwan in Bihar were the kingpins of the gang.
They engaged different groups to lift four-wheelers from different states and sold them in different districts of Bihar and Jharkhand. The amount received from selling the stolen vehicles were deposited in the bank accounts of these three kingpins.
The criminals admitted that they also prepared fake papers in order to sell the stolen vehicles. Manish Agarwal was responsible for making the fake papers of the stolen vehicles. Agarwal worked in tandem with Tinku Das to prepare the fake IDs and licenses.
The network of this gang is said to be spread across the country, especially Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Punjab and Rajasthan. The arrested criminals admitted that they have sold about 30-40 stolen cars so far.
The city police will now contact their counterparts in other states to nab the remaining members associated with the gang.
The city police team that succeeded in busting the racket includes DSP (City) Animesh Nathani, DSP (Traffic) Vivekanand Thakur, DSP Kriti Narayan, police station in-charges of Golmuri, Sidgora, Sitaramdera, Birsanagar and Govindpur in addition to several other police personnel.