Tinsukia. An interstate gang of SUV-lifters with link to Delhi NCR has been busted in Arunachal’s East Kameng district with the recovery of 13 SUVs, including six Fortuner cars, police said on Friday.
The mastermind of the gang in the easternmost state has been identified as one Passang Tamang, who has been arrested along with six other members from different part of Arunachal Pradesh and Assam, police said.
Talking to EastMojo, superintendent of East Kameng district Rahul Gupta said, based on over a month-long investigation, the police busted an interstate gang of SUV-lifters and arrested 7 persons, including the mastermind in Arunachal Pradesh and the supplier from Delhi NCR.
“The recoveries include six Fortuner, three Innova, three Creta and one Scorpio vehicle.”
Gupta said, “The police got the first lead during a routine traffic checking near Seppa police station. A Scorpio (bearing registration number AR-15 A 6913) was caught and taken into custody after the driver of the vehicle, Pito Veo, failed to show the valid RC. Later, Veo received a RC of the vehicle from whom he purchased over WhatsApp which turned out to be fake.”
“Subsequently, he appeared before the officer-in-charge of Seppa PS and lodged a complaint stating that one Dare Kagung fraudulently sold him the said vehicle with fake RC in September 2021 for which he has made a payment of Rs 6.70 lakh,” Gupta said.
“The police have registered the FIR under sections 379/468/471/420 of the Indian Penal Code and started investigation. Police added sections 411/413/120(B) of IPC as case made headway.”
“During the course of the investigation, investigating officer Nishant Neeraj identified a chain of middlemen, dealers and suppliers. Finally, the police got its hands on the kingpin, Tamang, who was arrested from Aalo in Arunachal Pradesh,” he said.
Describing the modus operandi, Gupta said high-end SUVs were being stolen mainly from Delhi-NCR region and sold in the black market in Arunachal Pradesh within two weeks of the theft.
“Following the modus operandi, Seppa police started monitoring the Delhi chain and got a major breakthrough when one Sahil Pahuja alias Sam, 32, was intercepted at Mission Chariali in Assam with a woman while trying to deliver one Fortuner car.”
Pahuja, a resident of Haryana, is the main link of the chain to Delhi and is involved in supplying stolen vehicles from Delhi.
The other accused have been identified as Dare Kagung, 27, who sold the Scorpio vehicle, Md. Gufran Ali, 24, who mediated the Scorpio deal to Kagung through one Tame Tallang, and Tenzing Tamang, 24, employee of a cybercafé who prepared the fake R/C card.
Gupta said out of the 13 vehicles the police have recovered, nine have been linked to FIRs registered in Delhi NCR region – eight from Delhi and one from Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh.
Arunachal Pradesh, being a hilly terrain, is considered as a lucrative market for SUVs which often attracts the interest of SUV-lifters gang in Delhi NCR.
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