Seppa: The police have arrested a habitual bike lifter who was involved in stealing two-wheelers from various parts of the Itanagar Capital Region (ICR) and selling them at Seppa, the headquarters of East Kameng district.

Officials said, following frequent reports of bike theft cases, the East Kameng police had been working hard to get hold of the bike thieves for the past one month.

During this time, it came to the notice of the police that the stolen vehicles were being sold in Seppa by one Dadi Bagang.

Dadi, 20, is a habitual bike lifter and was involved in stealing several two-wheelers from the ICR and selling them within his circle in Seppa since 2017, officials said.

Accordingly after a fortnight of surveillance, Dadi was apprehended by the police on October 2 and a total of 3 bikes were recovered from his possession. Dadi was later handed over to the Itanagar police as there was an FIR lodged against one of the bikes which was found in his possession.

Later on interrogation, Dadi disclosed the names of five of his receivers in Seppa namely Kulu Yangfo (19), Changrang Bagang (27), Matung Bagang (31), Taje Singhi (26) and Niku Bagang who all belong to the same district, officials said.

The five persons have also been arrested and a case Under Section 411/34 of the Indian Penal Code (dishonestly receiving stolen property) has been registered against them, officials said, while adding that a total of 15 stolen two wheelers have been recovered from their possession.

Two of the owners of the recovered two-wheelers have been identified and efforts are on to hand over the remaining vehicles to the original owners, officials added.

The police team of inspector S Don, sub-inspector Shakti Lamgu and constables S Yangfo, S Taniang and M Doka were instrumental in busting the gang and recovering the bikes.

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