Car Thefts:Mumbai: Delhi:A paying ‘dhandha’.


As per the National Crime Records Bureau, a vehicle is stolen in India every six minutes, while the industry estimate of the value of stolen vehicles amounts to a whopping Rs.1,000 crore per year, with passenger cars forming a major chunk of it. The data for the period 2003-05 reflect a 23 per cent increase in vehicle thefts.

Recovery rate is less than 20 %.

Police keep claiming arrests and recoveries every month.

What happens to those arrested?

They are out on bail in a short time, and back ‘Dhandha as usual”

Biggest receiver of stolen vehicles in Delhi is held

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 8


The anti-auto theft squad has claimed to have busted a gang of auto lifters. One Rajan Chhatri, the biggest receiver of stolen vehicles in North East is arrested.

On August 6, an information was received that the accused would go towards Silliguri through Defense Colony, in a stolen car. Acting on a tip off, the police reached the spot and arrested the accused. The alleged accused have been identified as Raja Chattri and Deva Lama. Reportedly, a stolen car is recovered from their possession. They are involved in the theft of more than 100 cars.

Extracts

MUMBAI

THE GREAT USED CAR BAZAAR

India’s Financial Capital, Mumbai, Has Become The Biggest Supplier Of Stolen Cars To The Rest Of The Country

Vijay V Singh | TNN

Mumbai: Mumbai’s emergence as the hub of the autotheft industry in India may have to do with your parking problems, believe senior police officials.

“Too many cars and too little parking space mean people have to park their vehicles far from office or home and often on the road itself. This gives thieves more time to break into cars and drive away with them,’’ joint commissioner of police (crime) Rakesh Maria said on Thursday.

The emergence of “specialists’’ is another reason for worry. “We now have key-makers who specialise in different models. There is Jugnu who specialises in breaking into Innovas and there is Istehar who handles only Scorpios. They give the industry an extra edge,’’ an official from the western suburbs said.

Around 3,500 cars are stolen from Mumbai’s streets every year. “We have arrested members of 21 gangs specialising in car thefts in the last 10 months,’’ joint commissioner of police (crime) Maria said.
But that recovery rate, admit officials, is abysmally low, especially with stolen cars used in terror plots adding a new — and sinister — dimension to the problem.

The increasingly “organised nature of the industry’’ and growing “specialisation’’ among car thieves — plus lack of cooperation from other states — are the principal reasons for this low recovery rate.

“This racket is very organised. We have unearthed several cases in which cars were stolen after orders were placed from bihar,’’ an official said. Most cars stolen from Mumbai end up in northern states (like Bihar and Uttar Pradesh) and the seven northeastern states and even Nepal.

“All these states (and Nepal) have one thing in common: the roads there are very bad. So many of the orders that thieves here get are for the tough multi-utility vehicles that can take bad road conditions in their stride,’’ he added.

There are usually four links in a car-theft chain and officials here say it becomes virtually impossible to get back a stolen car after the chain enters another state. The first link in the chain is usually a secondhand car seller in another state. He gets in touch with his agent who, in turn, calls up a Mumbai agent and it is this person who talks to the person who steals the car.

“The Mumbai agent can almost never lead us to the agent from another state and that is where the lead goes cold. This is the most important reason for the low rate of recovery,’’ an official said.

WHAT THEY DO Most thieves follow a similar modus operandi after they steal your car or two-wheeler

The licence plate of the car is changed and it is kept at an isolated spot for a few days. This is done to ensure that the car is shipped out or sold off only after cops slacken their hunt after some time. A car is seldom repainted or remodelled. The receiver (or the first buyer) of the stolen car sends across duplicate papers to the car thief; the forged papers are often from other states. The car is sold or, in many cases, driven outside the state with the new licence plate and registration papers after the heat is over.

WHAT YOU SHOULD DO Follow this procedure if you lose your car

Go to the police station and lodge a complaint immediately; this will help you clear yourself of any blame if your car has been stolen for use in any criminal activity. Inform your insurance company and the RTO.

Insurance firms insist on a police certificate, saying your car has been stolen and cannot be traced; this comes after 90 days to give enough time to the police for a probe. Insurance claims are usually settled in two weeks; but account for depreciation with time when you get the money. THE BIG GUNS A few key players control much of the car-theft racket in city

THE SUPPLIERS

MUBIN QURESHI has more than 100 car-theft cases against him; but he is in jail right now.

MULCHAND GUPTA runs Qureshi close on the history sheet; he is on the run and is under the scanner for the recent thefts from Navi Mumbai.

ASIF alias GUDDU and RAJA BHAIYA head two other gangs of car thieves in the city; cops do not know the whereabouts of either.

THE RECEIVERS
MANIGANDHAN from Tamil Nadu works differently; he gets in touch with car thieves and comes to Mumbai every time there is a consignment and then drives the car back to TN; he has been caught once but is now out on bail.

RAJU SONI is another big name who sells cars stolen in Mumbai in other Indian states; he is on the run.

THE VOLUME OF BUSINESS
Around 3,500 cars are stolen from the city every year, making Mumbai the largest supplier of stolen cars.

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