PhD student, friend steals 300 cars such as Fortuner, Scorpio, Creta which are worth 30 more Cr: BUSTED
As cars evolve and offer much better security and safety, thieves also evolve. Delhi police have arrested interstate car lifts made up of two highly educated people – a doctoral student and a former Delhi University student. The cops recovered up to 12 expensive cars in Manipur.
Two thieves identified as Mehtab, who holds a doctorate and also passed the national eligibility test. He is eligible for a post of lecturer in a college or a junior research post with such a qualification. His fellow gang member identified as Tadrish is also a graduate of one of Delhi University’s top colleges. He also did postgraduate studies at Aligarh Muslim University.
Cops had long been working on reports that the gang is active in Delhi-NCR and targets expensive vehicles. After an operation by the East Delhi police, the duo were finally arrested.
Came from Manipur to fly
Both, along with many other members of their team, are from Manipur and have flown to Delhi to steal expensive cars and motorcycles. They themselves drove these vehicles to Imphal. During all these years, they have managed to steal around 300 vehicles.
As they are educated and know their way around, both falsified the chassis numbers of the cars and also forged documents with the help of other members. They re-registered the vehicles using the wrong chassis number and sold them to the people of Manipur.
During questioning, the duo said they even sold the vehicles to a few insurgent groups active in Manipur. Cops have started investigating the case and said the role of transport authorities will also be investigated.
Police teams raided various locations in Manipur to catch the gang. The Delhi Police Team worked with Manipur Police to catch the criminals. While the cops have not yet revealed all the models they recovered during the raid. However, the photo they uploaded shows the new Fortuner, Creta, Scorpio, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and many other vehicles. Other vehicles are expected to be seized in the coming weeks.
High tech thieves
Tech-savvy thieves Mehtab and Tadrish began using GPS detectors to locate and disable any tracking device in the vehicle. Since most modern cars have built-in GPS trackers and many other people familiar with these devices install them in the vehicle for their safety. However, thieves use specialized trackers to locate these devices and remove them.
Mehtab and Tadrish were responsible for stealing the vehicles and driving them to Imphal, Manipur. Other gang members used high-tech devices to change the vehicle’s chassis number.