Dealers in stolen vehicles arrested in DelhiBy IANS
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
NEW DELHI - A four-member gang of ‘auto dealers’ who used to purchase luxury vehicles stolen from north India before selling them to VIPs, including retired Indian Army officers and lawyers, across the National Capital Region (NCR) was busted in south Delhi’s Haus Khas area, police said Wednesday.
“The arrested have been identified as Pawan Goel, Amit Bansal, Pradeep Kumar and Bipin Kumar Gupta. While Goel and Gupta are residents of Bulandshahr in Uttar Pradesh, Bansal and Kumar were their local contacts who stay in northwest Delhi’s Rohini,” a police officer said.
According to police, the gang used to purchase vehicles stolen by auto lifters active in the NCR before taking them to Bulandshahr and imprinting fictitious engine chassis numbers on them. Goel and Gupta own a workshop there.
“After they had changed the engine chassis number, they used to sell these vehicles to VIPS. One such sale was made to a retired Indian Army officer in Chandigarh recently. A lawyer in Uttar Pradesh is also among their customers,” the officer said.
Police said 16 stolen vehicles had been recovered at the gang’s instance and further investigations were underway.