Manipur police recover stolen vehicles

Correspondent IMPHAL, Jul 10 | Publish Date: 7/11/2018 12:08:14 AM IST
Manipur police has recovered nine vehicles  allegedly stolen from West Bengal  during drive from different parts of Manipur, officials said Tuesday.
The recovered vehicles include four Maruti Alto cars, two Ford Figo Aspire and one each of Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire, Hyundai Eon and Honda Amaze.
Addressing a press conference at his office today, Imphal East SP K Meghachandra said that the stolen vehicles were recovered during a drive conducted by anti-vehicle theft team of Manipur police acting on requisition by anti-motor theft squad detective department of Kolkata crime branch.
Following the requisition made on July 6 last, the SP said, the drive was conducted by anti-vehicle theft team of Manipur police in coordination with state motor vehicle department.  SP, however, refused to disclose further details regarding arrest of vehicle lifters saying that further investigation was on to established the modus operandi of lifting the vehicles and transporting to Imphal.Manipur police has also formed a 10-member squad of anti-vehicle theft led by an inspector-general of police to track car lifters and recover stolen vehicles in the state. Superintendents of police of Imphal West and Imphal East were the members of the team. 
The team was constituted to combat the increasing thefts of vehicles and two-wheelers across the state and has been carrying out verification of lost/stolen vehicles in coordination with the motor vehicles departments to track down stolen vehicles. 
SP said car or two-wheeler lifters were operating in crowded areas of Imphal and in other towns of the state.
He claimed that since the formation of the anti-vehicle theft team, so far five cases of vehicle lifting cases have been solved with the recovery of the lost vehicles and arrest of four alleged vehicle lifters.Meanwhile, an official source said that in the state, the stolen vehicles are either re-registered with the transport department or parts of the stolen vehicles are sold to motor workshops or owners who want spare parts for their vehicle.
The source alleged that some state transport department officials were giving away new registration numbers for the stolen vehicles.

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