An unclaimed hatchback — bearing the registration number of Delhi — was seized from Old HB Road in Ranchi on Tuesday after two live bullets of a .9mm handgun were found inside it.
Sources in Chutia police said the sky blue car had been gathering dust near an outlet of yoga practitioner Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali Yogpeeth for quite sometime.
“The seats were layered with dust and a dirty bedsheet was found on the back seat,” one of them said.
A waiter of a local restaurant said an automobile workshop was located close by and they had always thought that the vehicle had been left there for servicing.
“It was like one of those many dusty cars you can see near a garage. I first saw the car standing where it was some 15 days ago, but it never raised my suspicion because Prateek Automobile is hardly 50 metres from here. Today, for the first time I noticed policemen and realised something was wrong,” he said.
A sticker on rear windscreen of the vehicle suggested that it indeed had been serviced, but at Kanke Road, which is around 6km away.
Moreover, despite the car being serviced, the engine could not be gunned to a start and two mechanics had to be called in for repairs so that the vehicle could be driven to Chutia police station.
Officer in charge Anil Kumar confirmed that the car had been seized and that investigations had begun. “The car was bearing the registration number DL 10D 0418, which is of Delhi, and the bullets belonged to .9mm bore,” he said.