Country’s most wanted car lifter in police custody

The country`s `most wanted` car lifter Anil Chauhan, in Meghalaya police custody for about a month, has been grilled extensively some breakthroughs are expected.

Updated: Sep 28, 2010, 12:47 PM IST

Shillong: The country`s `most wanted` car
lifter Anil Chauhan, in Meghalaya police custody for about a
month, has been grilled extensively some breakthroughs are
expected.

East Khasi Hills superintendent of police A R Mawthoh
told a press conference that besides Chauhan, who was arrested
from Silchar in Assam on August 30, four others who were part
of the racket have also been arrested during the last one
month.

They have been identified as Tiaumzuk Longkumer of
Mokokchung (Nagaland), Munir Ali Lashkar of Dimapur
(Nagaland), Robert Khojol of Shillong and David Lalthawmmawia
of Aizawl.

The car lifters are skilled in tampering with the chasis
and engine numbers of the stolen vehicles, which they usually
sold to clients at Mizoram.

David was the key financier of the group and the police
have recovered four stolen MUVs from his possession.

Interrogation of Tiaumzuk led to the seizure of number
plates, flat keys and other tools and implements from a
locality in Shillong, Mawthoh said last evening.

Chauhan is a declared proclaimed offender by many
courts in Delhi and carries a Delhi police reward of Rs 25,000
on his head. He has over 3,000 cases of car lifting from
remote corners in Ladakh to the Northeast in his name.

Some major car lifting gangs busted in Delhi and other
north Indian states had revealed during interrogation that
Chauhan was their `godfather`.

Chauhan owns a two storey bungalow in Guwahati along
with some other property. His bank accounts have been frozen,
the SP said.

A Class 12 dropout, the 42-year-old used to drive an
auto-rickshaw at Khanpur in south Delhi before metamorphosing
into the country’s most wanted car lifter.

PTI