Itanagar: An inter-state stolen car (SUV) racket being run from Delhi NCR to Arunachal Pradesh has been busted in East Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh with the arrest of seven persons, including a woman, and recovery of 13 such stolen vehicles, police said on Thursday.
“Whole inter-state supply chain of such vehicles, including the kingpins from Delhi NCR and Arunachal Pradesh, was busted by East Kameng Police with arrest of 7 persons and recovery of 13 such stolen vehicles,” East Kameng SP Rahul Gupta said, adding that nine vehicles were so far found to be linked to Delhi NCR FIRs.
The arrested accused have been identified as Dare Kagung (27), a native of Pachang village under Koloriang PS in Kurung Kumey district; Gufran Ali (24) of Rampur Keshariya, East Champaran (Bihar); Passang Tamang (32) of Milan Mor, Siliguri (West Bengal); Tenzing Tamang (24) of Golia, Biswanath Chariali (Assam); Sahil Pahuja @Sam (32) of 46/18 Kamlanagar, Hissar (Haryana); Jyoti Kumari (27) of B-118, B Nanhe Park, Uttam Nagar, Bindapur Road, Delhi; and Tame Tallang (33) of Gandhi Market, Itanagar. Out of 13 vehicles seized from different locations in the state, six are
Fortuner, three Innova, three Creta and one Scorpio. The SP said high end SUVs stolen from Delhi NCR were being sold in black market in Arunachal Pradesh. Such vehicles were being dumped within two weeks of stealing to Arunachal Pradesh by the gang.
Talking about the modus operandi of the accused, the SP said, there is a racket active in Delhi NCR who first steal the vehicles from Delhi and then supply it to North Eastern states after altering engine and chassis numbers.
They bring the vehicles for delivery to Arunachal Pradesh using fake RC and false registration number for crossing the check gates and “most of the time they are accompanied by a woman in the car so that passing through barriers is easier”.
These vehicles are coded as ‘Hathi’ for Fortuner, ‘Rani’ for Innova, ‘Cat’ for Creta etc in black market and sold at very low cost ranging from Rs 5 lakh to 10 lakh. He said the investigation began following a complaint from one Pinto Veo that one Dare Kagung Yangda sold him a Scorpio vehicle at the cost of Rs 6.70 lakh with a promise to transfer the ownership of the registration in his name which later turned out to be a fake one.
“The investigation made so far revealed that there is an inter-state level gang and they were indulged in lifting of high valued luxurious cars from Delhi NCR and were selling to Arunachal Pradesh…On revelation of such information, Seppa Police team started monitoring Delhi chain and got major breakthrough when one Sahil Pahuja @ Sam was intercepted at Mission Chariali (Assam) along with a woman accompanying him while trying to deliver one Fortuner car. He is the main link of the chain to Delhi and involved in dealing of vehicles stolen from Delhi.”
Gupta said that Passang Tamang is kingpin of the chain from Arunachal Pradesh in dealing with blacklisted stolen vehicles with the help of Delhi counterparts. Sahil Pahuja is supplier of Delhi and was in contact with Pasang Tamang, Md Gufran Ali and Tame Tallang for delivery and disposal of stolen vehicles from Delhi NCR to Arunachal Pradesh, while Tenzing Tamang is an employee of a cybercafé who prepared the fake RC. “Matter is under investigation,” the SP informed.