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Stolen cars back on roads
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, JAN 4 (NPN):
Published on 5 Jan. 2011 7:08 PM IST
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More than a year after Dimapur police busted a fake vehicle document racket and seized 36 stolen vehicles after conducting a massive search, almost all the vehicles have been released either on zimma or disposed off by the court. Even all the accused persons including the main accused who ran a document forgery racket opposite Assam Rifles transit camp, also managed to obtain bail.
Commenting on the case, former SP Dimapur Liremo said that police had formally pressed charge sheets in the cases and forwarded it to the court. “We have no say now since all the seized vehicles are under the custody of the court” he added.
Elucidating on the same, Chief Judicial Magistrate Dimapur confirmed that the stolen vehicles have either been released on zimma or disposed off after the vehicle owners failed to turn up to lay claims. He also confirmed that all the accused persons in the cases were released on bail under various grounds. Interestingly, when some police officers were contacted, it was learnt that the accused persons were booked under non-bailable sections of the law. The turn of events appears to have caused deep disappointment among the police personnel. One officer speaking on the condition of anonymity said that those claiming to be the owners of the stolen vehicles have been turning up with zimma orders from the court for release of the seized vehicles.
Meanwhile, SP Dimapur Z Mero disclosed that the same exercises will continue in order to check the inflow of stolen vehicles plying with forged documents. “We will definitely check the vehicles although it will be in a different way” he said. When asked to comment on the issue of bail to the accused persons despite being booked under non-bailable offences, Mero maintained that judiciary was independent and therefore police has no say. It may be added that a kingpin of an inter-state car-lifting racket Rajiv Sutradhar who was arrested on December 19, 2010 at Guwahati by Assam Police confessed that most of the stolen vehicles especially Bolero’s were disposed off in Nagaland, Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh.
Sutradhar, the 28-year-old car thief from Dimapur, had told police that Boleros have become the sought after target of lifters as it was easy to find buyers for used Boleros in Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya.
Moreover, on December 12, Assam police also seized three Boleros stolen from different parts of Guwahati and arrested six members of Sutradhar’s gang at Jorabat when they were taking the vehicles to Nagaland after changing the registration numbers.
“Most of the vehicles stolen from the state are taken to Nagaland. Once a stolen vehicle is out of the state, we become dependent on police of the other states to trace the vehicles and a lot of time is lost in communication,” sources had commented.

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