Delhi police busts vehicle lifter gang from NE with arrest of key member

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New Delhi, June 3: Delhi Police today claimed to have arrested a key member of the Shana gang, involved in large scale inter-state auto lifting in the National Capital Region of Delhi, UP and Uttarkhand and transporting them to the North Eastern region.

A statement of the Delhi Police has identified the arrested gang member as HM Burhanuddin, 29, s/o Abdul Hakim of Lillong, Turelhanabi of Thoubal district of the state.

The statement issued by Chhaya Sharma, DCP/South district, a copy of which was e-mailed to IFP by the Manipur Information Centre said that Burhanuddin is an important member of Shana Gang and he was arrested on May 22 from Green Park area of New Delhi while trying to deliver a stolen motor cycle to his accomplice.

The Delhi Police also claimed that altogether 33 stolen vehicles have been recovered and worked out 69 cases of MV Theft of Delhi, UP and Uttarkhand following the arrest of Burhanuddin.

The modus operandi of the gang is that they used to steal motor cycles, specifically in the early morning hours from different parts of Delhi. They used to deliver the stolen motor cycles to other members on the directions of gang leader Shana, who used to prepare the forged documents of these motor cycles by replacing the number plates with fake numbers of Rajasthan, Uttrakhand, UP and Haryana, the statement said.

After that they would contact one Surender Sharma r/o Rohini, who used to assist them in sending the bikes to Bhiwani Railway Station through railway lease. Then, they would book the stolen bikes from Bhiwani to Dimapur Railway Station and other railway stations of North-Eastern region through forged documents and obtain the luggage tickets. They used to send the luggage tickets to their associates in Manipur through courier so that they could get the delivery of the motor cycles at Dimapur and other railway stations of North-Eastern region for further disposal in Manipur and Nagaland.

The statement further stated that the gang used to book these motor cycles from Bhiwani and Alwar Railway Stations as the booking from Delhi Railway Station requires a confirm reservation ticket of passenger whereas from Bhiwani and Alwar, only a general ticket is sufficient for booking the vehicles.

The Delhi Police statement further identified Burhanuddin as a school dropout and was residing in E-206, DDA Flats, Mahavir Enclave, Uttam Nagar, Delhi. Earlier, he was operating in Manipur for disposal of stolen bikes. He came to Delhi in 2009 to pursue the bail of his gang leader Shana, who was arrested in September, 2009 by the staff of Delhi Police`™s South District.

During the time, he got acquainted with the topography of Delhi and started to operate from Delhi with other members of Shana Gang, the statement said adding efforts are on to locate the absconding accused Majid Ali @ Shana (Gang Leader), Surender Sharma and other members of the gang.

At the instance of the arrested Shana Gang member, a luggage ticket (bilty) of motor cycle, booked from Bhiwani (Haryana) Railway Station to Dimapur (Nagaland) was recovered from his house in Uttam Nagar, Delhi, which revealed that the gang members used to commit auto lifting in Delhi and dispose off the stolen vehicles in Lilong (Manipur) by transporting through railway booking. The other members used to take the delivery of motor cycles from Dimapur Railway Station (Nagaland) for further disposal in various parts of Manipur and Nagaland states.

According to the statement he has also disclosed about the booking of several motor cycles recently from Bhiwani Railway Station to transport stolen motor cycle to Nagaland.

Immediately, in order to recover these motor cycles, a team comprising of SI Pawan Tomar, SI Dharamveer Singh, HCs Dinesh Tyagi, Raj Kumar, Ajay Kumar, Dharampal and Cts Saleem, Anuj, Chanderpal, Omhari and Arvind was formed under the supervision of Inspr. Avtar Singh Rawat, SHO/S.J. Enclave and under the overall supervision of Sh. Mohinder Singh, ACP/S.J Enclave.

A police team was dispatched to Bhiwani Railway Station and contacted Parcel Office to obtain the records of motor cycles which had been booked for Dimapur (Nagaland) and other Railway Stations of North-Eastern region.

Record of parcel office revealed that a total of 85 bikes had been booked by the accused persons from Bhiwani to Dimapur during the past three months. On the basis of Engine/Chassis Numbers mentioned in the booking forms, it revealed that registration number plates of all the vehicles were forged and the bikes were found to be stolen from different parts of Delhi. The destination of all the motor cycles was Dimapur in Nagaland. During the course of investigation, a total of 20 stolen bikes were recovered from Old Delhi Railway Station which had to be loaded on the Brahamputra Mail, the state added.

A team was also sent to Dimapur (Nagaland) and 11 stolen bikes were recovered from the Parcel Office at Dimapur and Guwahati which were yet to be delivered. Further scrutiny of records at Dimapur revealed that 63 stolen bikes were delivered from Dimapur parcel office since last three months, the Delhi Police statement said.

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