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Taxi theft at police station

Two seized taxis were reportedly stolen from right under the noses of police. Both cars had been parked outside Bhowanipore police station.

One of the taxis, its fuel tank empty, was later found abandoned near Parama Island and the other at Chakraberia.

Senior officers at Lalbazar, however, refused to admit the theft. “There is no question of recovering the vehicles because we did not lose them. We only misplaced them,” said a senior officer of the south division. How two cars could have been misplaced is, of course, another matter.

Sources in the police force said special teams were formed on Tuesday night to hunt for the vehicles. “No official entry was made in the general diary log book of the police station to keep the matter unofficial,” a source said.

Both the taxis had been seized last Thursday — one for violating traffic rules and the other for hitting a pedestrian at the Hazra crossing — and could not be accommodated in the police station compound, where a makeshift marquee had been erected for a computer literacy programme.

“Since the compound adjoining the police station building was taken over by the shamiana, the taxis were parked outside. One was kept across the road and the other in the lane next to the police station,” said an officer. Most police stations do not have enough space to accommodate seized cars.

Almost a week later, the marquee was still in place at Bhowanipore police station on Wednesday. At least half a dozen seized vehicles remained parked outside the police station compound with a lone sentry outside.