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Bike lifters’ gang busted

Keonjhar, June 7: Joda police today claimed to have busted a gang of motorcycle-lifters by arresting 11 persons. Police have also recovered 78 stolen motorcycles from then.

The gang used to operate mainly in Cuttack and Bhubaneswar.

The arrested persons have been identified as Raghunath Munda (21) of Koida, Narottam Giri (35) of Nuagaon, Mahammad Riauzin (30) of Raisuan, Dillip Soren (28) of Ghatikia, Pramod Kumar Nayak (25) of Banka, Siba Munda (23) of Sialapada, Bulu Nayak (22) of Balita, Ghanashyam Mahanta (25) of Lahanda, Surendra Kumar Mohanta (28) of Hirapur, Bhagirathi Patra (26) of Kumundi and Baidhar Munda (22) of Balabhadrapur.

“The gang used to lift motorbikes from Cuttack and Bhubaneswar and then dispose them of to various parts of the mineral-rich Keonjhar district after changing their registration number plates. The bikes were sold off to gullible customers in Joda, Barbil, Jurudi, Bileipada, Champua and other rural pockets of the district,” said Gopabandhu Acharya, inspector-in-charge of Joda police station.

The gang members not only stole two-wheelers, but they also forged ownership documents to give an impression of an original legal deal to the prospective customers. The police have also seized some driving licenses, forged ownership books and forged documents of the stolen vehicles.

Cheap prices of the stolen vehicle used to lure prospective buyers, police claimed.

The people in this area who are always on the lookout for cheaper modes of transport were the target buyers of the stolen bikes, Acharya added.

The accused reportedly admitted to their involvement in various cases of motorbike thefts in Cuttack and Bhubaneswar.

The arrested persons were forwarded to the court at Barbil today, which remanded them in judicial custody after their bail applications were rejected.

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