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Alert citizens help cops nab car thief

June 30: Police, with the help of some alert citizens, apprehended a car thief and recovered five stolen vehicles from his residence in Chandan Nagar today.

After being tipped off by some residents of the locality, a team from Dispur police station immediately swung into action and arrested Faruk Rahman, 30, alias Dip and recovered the stolen vehicles from his rented place in Chandan Nagar on VIP Road this morning.

The recovered vehicles include a Mahindra Bolero, a Hyundai Santro, a WagonR, a Maruti 800 and a Hero Honda Karizma motorcycle.

“The Mahindra Bolero was stolen from GS Road in Ganeshguri on June 18. We have informed the owner about the recovery. We are trying to find out the details of the other vehicles,” an officer of the Dispur police station said.

The police said Rahman was from Dibrugarh district and had been residing in the city for about six years. He was a member of a big racket and raids were being carried out at different places in the city on the basis of his confessions.

“This is one of the biggest recovery of stolen vehicles in the city in the recent past. We are expecting more arrests,” the officer said.

A large number of fake documents, including registration certificates of vehicles and insurance papers, and several fake number plates were also recovered from Rahman’s residence.

He is being interrogated by officials of the special action group formed by the city police to bust the car-theft racket.

The group was constituted recently in the wake of an alarming increase in automobile thefts in the city.

The cases of vehicle theft went up to 1,500 in 2007 from 1,092 in 2006, 602 in 2005 and 360 in 2004. Around 450 vehicles have been reported stolen so far this year.

Fakrul Islam, a resident of Chandan Nagar, said Rahman was staying at the rented house for the past few years.

“We knew that he was into the business of car finance. But later we became suspicious because he would bring different cars to his house and at anytime three to five vehicles were found parked in front of his residence. Moreover, he had frequent visitors, mostly at night. This also made me and other residents of the locality suspicious,” he added.

When the residents reported the matter to the police, the latter did not waste any time. A team searched Rahman’s residence this morning and arrested him.

“When the accused saw the police team approaching, he tried to escape but was soon overpowered by the police personnel,” the officer said.

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