| The gang members after their arrest. Picture by Nagendra Kumar Singh |
Ten people of an inter-state four-wheeler lifting gang were arrested on Wednesday.
Police said 12 sports utility vehicles (SUVs) were recovered from their possession in addition to several fake vehicle documents and firearms.
Patna senior superintendent of police Manu Maharaaj said: “The police had information about the presence and constant movement of the gang and a special team was formed to track it down. The police team got the information that two persons — Asif Kamaal, the gang leader, and Manish Tiwary — were in the Tripolia area of Alamganj and a raid was organised immediately. The men were nabbed from a garage in the area and seven SUVs were recovered.”
The men were interrogated and more arrests were made in addition to more SUVs being recovered from several places of the city. During the interrogation, the men said they used to steal SUVs from in and around Bihar and take them to several cities, especially in the Northeast, and sell them,” the senior superintendent of police said.
The police said the men used to take help of women and children to fox the police.
“While taking a vehicle outside the state, they used to take help of women and children. With the women and children sitting in the vehicle, the police suspected them less taking them to be a family and hence the document checking was less. In addition to this, they used to hire a car for thefts. Around four to five of their members used to hire a car for the whole night for as much as Rs 20,000 and used to move around the city for the whole night picking up vehicles,” he said.