Nine vehicle-thieves arrested; 19 motorcycles recovered
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Last Updated: Sunday, February 21, 2010, 18:03
New Delhi: Nine alleged vehicle-thieves, including a five-member gang operating from Rajasthan which claimed they have stolen motorcycles valuing more than Rs one crore, were arrested, police said on Sunday.

In the first case, five men were caught from various parts of Rajasthan in the past fortnight by a team of Delhi Police besides recovering 16 stolen vehicles following investigations into the spurt in auto-theft in South Delhi.

According to the gang, they have stolen motorcycles valuing more than Rs one crore. Sixteen motorcycles have been recovered from them.

They are identified as Jacum (26), who is known as 'Don' in his village, Iliyas (21), Maksood (20), Saddique (48) and Sazid (20), Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) H G S Dhaliwal said. Saddique and Sazid are receivers.

Jacum was caught from Kidaner village following high drama as he opened fire at police and his family members and some villagers attempting to free him by pelting stones at the team.

"Police had to use shells of very light pistol to scare away the violent villagers including the relative of the accused who had damaged the police vehicles and continued to pelt stones on police party," Dhaliwal said.

The arrests came after police received a tip off about the 'Mewati Gang' based in Bharatpur district in Rajasthan. Iliyas and Maksood were the first to be arrested on February three.

"As soon as a vehicle registration number is entered, the handheld device will automatically check from the server if the vehicle is stolen, wanted in any criminal case or is in the list of suspicious vehicles," the official said.

The device will also help the traffic personnel to know about the previous offences committed by the driver or pending challans on the vehicles.

The devices will also be customised so that traffic officers should be able to issue challans only for offences they are authorised as per their rank.

The senior police officials will also be able to view the location of any particular device and the officers who is using it on a web-based map.

Police is also looking into whether they can get violators pay through credit cards.

With police mulling the possibility of becoming a partner in Delhi Government's 'Jeevan Project', it has asked companies participating in the tender to incorporate the facility of paying challans at government kiosks.


First Published: Sunday, February 21, 2010, 18:03

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