ROORKEE: Roorkee police arrested three members of an auto lifters gang on Sunday and recovered eight motorcycles, including a dismantled bike, from them.
Police said that the accused used to steal vehicles from Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Haryana, and sell those for a paltry sum of Rs 3,000.
According to circle officer (Roorkee) Swapan Kishore Singh, circle officer Singh Man and a team of Gangnahar police led by inspector K K Lunthi was on patrolling duty on Saturday when they stopped three youths on a motorcycle for violating traffic rules near Nehru stadium. They failed to provide documents of the vehicle to police. “They couldn’t give us satisfactory answers to any questions and so we brought them to the police station, where we noticed that chassis number of the seized vehicles was also altered. On interrogation, they confessed to stealing motorcycles from different places,” Singh said.
The accused have been identified as Sumit Kumar from Chhanchhreki village in Saharanpur district, Ajay Kumar from Bindu Khadak in Haridwar district and Shyam Tyagi from Khajuri village in Haridwar district.
Police said that they are members of an interstate gang that is reportedly active in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Haryana. “Sumit Kumar was earlier arrested by Moradabad railway police for motorcycle thefts a couple of months ago,” the Roorkee circle officer said.
Over 300 bikes have been stolen so far this year from Haridwar district. “Auto lifter gangs from neighbouring Uttar Pradesh steal vehicles from here and then sell the parts in Uttar Pradesh,” the officer added.
News Credit: Times of India