K.V. Subramanya

Official records were not created for these vehicles, says DCP

BANGALORE: When Siddapur Inspector Dawood Khan and his staff seized a truck transporting 25 two-wheelers on November 10, they unwittingly exposed a scam that had taken place in their own department.

Initially, it appeared that the two-wheelers were stolen from the Commercial Street police station premises. But it has now emerged that the Commercial Street police had illegally sold the 25 two-wheelers to a scrap dealer. The two-wheelers were among several unclaimed vehicles that were in the possession of the Commercial Street Police.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) Alok Kumar told The Hindu on Saturday that the Siddapur police had suo motu registered a case under Section 41 (D) of the Criminal Procedure Code, which states that “in whose possession anything is found which may reasonably be suspected to be stolen property and who may reasonably be suspected of having committed an offence.”

While truck driver Basha has been arrested, the police are on the lookout for the scrap dealer who purchased the vehicles. However, a criminal case has not been registered as no one has lodged a complaint, he said.

According to Deputy Commissioner of Police (East) Bijay Kumar Singh, who has jurisdiction over the Commercial Street Police Station, the station staff had disposed of the vehicles illegally.

“They should have created official record for the unclaimed vehicles, obtained the permission of the jurisdictional court and disposed of the vehicles through auction,” he said.

Mr. Singh said the two-wheelers were mainly abandoned vehicles which were seized by the police. He said the decision to sell these vehicles was taken at the station level and the senior officials were unaware of it.

When contacted, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Gopal B. Hosur said an internal inquiry was on and disciplinary action would be taken against the guilty policemen after Mr. Alok Kumar submits his report in this regard.

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