Four arrested for vehicle theft, 18 bikes recovered

Four auto-lifters were arrested from Sewa Nagar, Kotla Mubarakpur, on Sunday, police said. They claimed to have recovered 18 motorcycles, two cars and several fake registration certificates from the gang.

Members of the gang were identified as Sanatomba Singh (27), Ravi Masroor alias Angom Max (22), Farooq Ahmed (23) and Sohail alias Mujibur (26). Police said all four hailed from Manipur and were arrested after a tip-off.

"Singh, Masroor and Ahmed were arrested at 8.30 pm on October 9 while they were travelling in a Santro. They tried to flee, but policemen managed to stop and arrest them. We found that the car's registration documents were fake," Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) Chhaya Sharma, said.

Their aide Sohail was arrested from Munirka village. A stolen Maruti Zen and a motorcycle was recovered from him.

During questioning, they told police that they had come to Delhi in search of jobs. "Singh, the leader of the gang holds an MBA degree. He had multinational companies. Masroor used to perform bike stunts and has a very good knowledge of motorcycles," Sharma said.

"The gang mostly struck early in the morning. One of them would break the locks of the bikes, while the others kept guard. They would change the number plates of the stolen vehicles and create fake registration certificates with registration numbers of Gurgaon, Bahadurgarh or Uttar Pradesh Transport authorities," Sharma said.

They would sell the stolen vehicles to one Abu Hassan. Police said Hassan hailed from Manipur and lived in Meerut. He would send the stolen vehicles to Manipur by train.

He would pay the gang members Rs 40,000 for a Bajaj Pulsar and Rs 60,000 for a Yamaha R-15, a police officer said.

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