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Bike lifters in police net

The seized bikes outside Nayapalli police station in Bhubaneswar. Telegraph picture

Bhubaneswar, Dec. 18: Over the past few days, police have busted two motorcycle-lifting gangs operating in the city .

Thirty-two motorcycles have been seized from these two gangs.

While Nayapalli police arrested two persons and seized 15 motorcycles from them last night, Kharavela Nagar police had seized 17 motorcycles from another group and made two arrests a few days ago. The latter had also arrested two members of the gang and these people are now lodged at the Jharapada jail.

Sources said Nayapalli police had recovered the two-wheelers from Saliasahi area of the city and Khurda town. The accused were arrested from Saliasahi, where they were hiding some of these vehicles inside a slum for selling.

Deputy commissioner of police (DCP) Nitinjit Singh said the gang had been operating in the city for a long time. “They used to steal the motorcycles and sell them in Jagatsinghpur and Phulbani areas,” said Singh, adding that the two had been arrested earlier in several similar cases.

The gang busted by the Kharavela Nagar police used to sell the stolen vehicles in the Keonjhar area. The police said this gang was part of a similar gang that had been busted last June. Keonjhar police had busted the gang and recovered 83 motorcycles from them.

Later, the commissionerate police brought 28 of them and handed them over to their owners.

The DCP said the gang used to steal motorcycles from the city and their distribution centre was at Keonjhar.

They carried the stolen vehicles through Chhatia in Jajpur district.

He said that these people either sold the motorcycles or sold their parts.

“Most of the seized vehicles were stockpiled for selling and some were seized from different people who had unknowingly purchased them,” he said.

The two arrested by Nayapalli police were identified as Sunil Das from Kharavela Nagar and Bapi Nayak of Khurda.

Those arrested by Kharavela Nagar police were identified as Banabihari Parida from Nayagarh and Arun Sahu from Kendrapara.

Das and Nayak were forwarded to court today while Parida and Sahu are now in Jharapada jail.

The police said that these gangs usually targeted motorcycles parked near houses and unguarded parking places near market areas.