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Dimapur Police recover 36 stolen vehicles
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, Jul 17 (NPN):
Published on 18 Jul. 2009 12:34 AM IST
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Dimapur, among a few towns in Nagaland, boasts of the latest and most expensive vehicles including imported ones and the fact is that almost all were bought at throwaway price. The catch is the vehicles were sold so cheap either because they were stolen or involved with fake insurance claims. Following the busting of a firm selling fake documents for stolen vehicles including certificates on June 8 in Dimapur, police began a crack down and within a span of few weeks, recovered 36 vehicles including one in Kohima with dubious documents. A total of 23 persons were arrested from various parts of Dimapur . The seized vehicles included- 7 Honda City cars , 6 Mahindra Scorpios, 19 Mahindra Boleros, 2 Maruti Esteems, 1 Tata Indica and 1 Santro. Briefing media persons at DDSC stadium, Addl SP V Z Angami disclosed that the origin of the seized vehicles were traced to Delhi (North, South and Central), Maharashtra and Bihar. He also disclosed that signals have been already sent to all the respective police stations where the vehicles were reportedly stolen and reply from their counterparts was still awaited. The Addl.SP disclosed that the busting of a racket in fake documents on June 8 by Dimapur police under OC East Ato Zumvu , led to seizure of many incriminating documents. He said the documents provided necessary information which were then cross checked and updated with the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB). Armed with sufficient information, the case was initially assigned to ASI Tiayanger for investigation and seizure. However,sensing the gravity and magnitude of the racket in stolen vehicles, SP Dimapur Lirimo constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT) comprising of Addl SP V Z Angami, SDPO Dimapur I Sungit Longkumer, OC East Ato Zumvu, OC Government Railway Police Station, Mekando and ASI Tia Yanger. All the vehicles were seized as per information provided by the documents recovered at the June 8 incident, NCRB records including several vehicles whose engine and chassis numbers were found tampered. The Addl. SP denied allegations that police had released some of the stolen vehicles in possession of persons belonging to influential families. Angami said that only two vehicles were released after it was confirmed that they had genuine documents. He also informed that a total 6, 02,500 data of stolen vehicles from the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) was updated after which the checking went full swing. Motor Vehicle Coordination System software of the NCRB was used by the police. It may be mentioned that NCRB was created in 1986 on recommendation of the National Police Commission 1979 with amalgamation of Directorate of Coordination Police Computers, Central Finger Print Bureau, Data Section of Coordination Division of Central Bureau of Investigation and Statistical Section of the Bureau of Police Research and Development. Angami informed that the Police Headquarter will soon be issuing instructions to all districts regarding fake car documents, tampering of engine and chassis number and stolen vehicles. He also cautioned that those dealing with or possessing stolen vehicles would be punished under Indian Penal Code (IPC). Angami advised public against purchasing any vehicle without first verifying from police and transport authorities whether it had genuine documents. He also disclosed that the ongoing check on vehicles including documents would continue. On the fate of the accused arrested in the case, the Addl SP disclosed that all were forwarded to judicial custody but later most of them were released on bail.

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