With his earnings not matching his lavish lifestyle, Naqvi teamed up with London-educated Habeeb, aviation technology student Mudassar and Inter student Tahanawaz to steal cars

A diploma holder in management from London, a computer science graduate from Sharjah and two students, who went on a spree of vehicle thefts, finally landed behind bars on Friday.

Four stolen cars, including a GHMC vehicle, and four bikes were recovered from the arrested quartet. The gang’s leader Syed Mohammed Shad Naqvi, 32, of Kurmaguda in Saidabad has a B.Sc. (Computers) from Sharjah and had come to India only six months ago. He had started the sale and purchase of pre-owned vehicles, the Chaderghat Inspector L. Raja Venkat Reddy said. Naqvi’s parents and siblings live in Sharjah.

With his earnings not matching his expensive habits, Naqvi planned to steal vehicles and joined hands with Md. Habeeb-ur-Rahman, a management diploma holder from London, whom he met while selling vehicles. Md. Mudassar Hussain, 20, who is pursuing a diploma in aviation technology and Syed Abdul Tahanawaz, 19, an intermediate student also ganged up with the duo.

Naqvi had the expertise to make fake vehicle Registration Certificates, using which he sold the vehicles. Hussain would post online advertisements about the sale of the vehicles. When prospective buyers approach them, the gang used to lead them to believe that they owned the vehicles by furnishing the fake RCs.

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