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Gang arranging RCs busted
Published on 5 Dec. 2009 12:34 AM IST
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The Lucknow police Firday busted an inter-state gang involved in arranging registration certificates (RCs) for stolen vehicles from Nagaland to obtain fresh papers from Hardoi district’s Regional Transport Office (RTO). The three arrested, confessed to have arranged such RCs for over 500 vehicles during the last seven years. The police are on the lookout for a clerk of Hardoi RTO, allegedly involved in the crime. The SP (Trans-Gomti), Paresh Pandey, said two diaries recovered from the accused contained specific details of 150 such vehicles, including 20 SUVs and trucks. According to Station Officer (SO) of Gudamba police station, Sanjay Rai — who unearthed the racket — the police picked up Rajendra Awasthi and Rakesh Agarwal following a tip-off. The duo also revealed their links with different gangs of auto-lifters. The police then arrested Upkar Singh, who has links with Nagaland-based kingpin Balram Sharma — settled in Mokokchung district. The gang used to manipulate the engine and chassis numbers of stolen vehicles. Singh would then send these numbers to Sharma who, in turn, obtained the RCs from Mokokchung RTO. Sharma would then send photocopies of the RCs to Singh. He sends the original only after Rs 40,000 and Rs 50,000 for each vehicle was transferred to his account at Nagaland. Sharma used to help in getting no-objection certificates from Nagaland for getting fresh RCs from Hardoi RTO which used to be taken care by Awasthi and Agarwal. The gang here used to collect Rs 1 lakh for each vehicle from the auto-lifters, the SO said. Pandey has sent Sharma’s details to the DGP office, with a request to contact the Nagaland police to initiate action. The Lucknow police also contacted their Delhi counterpart seeking for Chadhha’s whereabouts, a passport tout, who had got 10 fake passports issued with Sharma’s help. The SO said the arrested persons have revealed that Chadhha had contacted them in 2005 seeking help in getting fake passports. Singh had then asked Sharma for help. Following this, Sharma had asked for photographs and names of the persons seeking passports. He later delivered 10 passports for Chadhha in 2005 and 2006 in exchange for Rs 25,000 each.

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