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Curious case of charred car

The gutted MUV in Mango on Sunday. (Bhola Prasad)

Three vehicles were torched in separate incidents in the city within a span of 24 hours since early Saturday, but police are yet to nail the right reasons.

While unidentified persons set fire to an MUV at Olidih in Mango around 1am on Sunday, two auto-rickshaws were left charred at Shastrinagar Block 3 in Kadma around 2am the night before.

Kadma police arrested four persons — Mohammed Fakru, Seikh Imran, Mohammed Arsad and Taraknath Layak — on Sunday.

“All the four are drug addicts and they often steal tyres and other parts of vehicles. We have received complaints against Fakru and his gang earlier too,” said OC Jaiprakash Rana.

Strangely, the tyres were intact on both charred autos.

Police are also clueless on who torched the MUV and why. Olidih OC Sushma Kumari said they were investigating the case, but were yet to zero in on the culprits.

The MUV belonged to local businessman and resident of Road No. 1 in Sankosai Deepak Shandil. According to Shandil, before setting the vehicle on fire, the rogues had smashed the windscreen.

A JVM member, Shandil said he had no enemies and suspected that local thugs were involved. “They must have tried to steal tyres,” he said.


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