Unclaimed vehicles at parking yards

The City Shadow Police team, on a routine inspection of two-wheelers at the two Railway parking lots at Thampanoor over the past three days, have stumbled upon an issue that has intrigued the team.

The inspection, carried out following instructions from City Police Commissioner P. Vijayan, was to find out whether there were any vehicles that had been left there for long, with no one coming back for them. Over the last three days, the team led by Pramod Kumar, Circle Inspector, Control Room, identified 64 such bikes and two autorickshaws as well.

Out of the 64 bikes, attempts to trace the owners led to the discovery that 13 of them had fake registration plates. Of these, the team had identified four as being stolen vehicles, including a Bajaj Pulsar that went missing from under the Museum police station limits in 2011. Two, another Pulsar, and a Honda Activa, gone missing from Kollam district. While the Pulsar had gone missing from Paravur in 2012, the Activa went missing from the Kollam Railway Station last year. The fourth one, a Suzuki make, was reported missing from Mavelikara.

The police, apart from alerting the police stations where cases were registered in connection with these four, have also got in touch with two-wheeler dealers to dig out information on the remaining nine bikes that were found to have fake numbers. The autorickshaws were found to have valid registration plates and efforts were on to trace the owners.

What has the Shadow Police team racking its brains is the story behind the remaining 51 bikes, which have valid registration plates, but no owners turning up for them, some for two weeks and many of them, for a month.

“If no one had turned for a week, we can guess that the owner might be someone who comes here once in a week from his distant workplace. But the rest, some which have been there for a month, could have stories behind them and that is what we are trying to find out,” Mr. Pramod Kumar told The Hindu.