According to a news report in Chongthu News Service, Delhi Police has busted an inter-state gang of auto-lifters by arresting a PhD scholar and a former Delhi University alumni recovering 12 stolen luxury cars from Manipur’s Imphal and Thoubal areas.
The two arrested accused are identified as Tadrish Syeed and Abung Mehtab.
Abung Mehtab has a PhD in Sociology from Manipur University and has cleared the UGC NET examination. Tardish Syeed graduated from Delhi University’s Hindu College, with a masters degree from Aligarh Muslim University.
A report in Times of India said that the duo met with notorious car lifter Juma Khan lured them into the world of big money that came from stealing high-end vehicles. The duo allegedly sold the stolen vehicles in the Northeast, even to insurgency groups there, police claimed on Thursday. Mehtab and Tadrish started using GPS detectors to locate and disable the tracking devices fitted in modern vehicles. They stole 10-15 high-end vehicles every month, according to the cops, and sold them in Manipur.
The accused reportedly revealed that they and others from Manipur used to come to Delhi by flight and steal luxury cars and expensive motorcycles. The stolen cars were then later driven to Imphal. They tampered with chassis numbers, prepared forged documents with the help of other members, and got the vehicles registered and sold.
During the interrogation, it has also come to light that some vehicles were also sold to insurgent groups in Manipur. They had reportedly stolen about 300 vehicles.