L. Srikrishna

Police suspect involvement of inter-State gang dealing in stolen vehicles

Four vehicles in dismantled condition recovered

Police team from Kerala expected to come soon

MADURAI: The Madurai Rural Police arrested a man who was involved in buying and selling stolen cars from Kerala. Four vehicles, in a dismantled condition, were seized from the accused here on Thursday.

During night rounds, a police team from Avaniapuram found a few chassis, engines, other accessories and the body of different models (Qualis, Tavera, Maruti) lying in a workshop at Kovalan Nagar.

Enquiries with a man at the spot, identified as Rajendran of Ramiah Street, Jaihindpuram, revealed that the vehicles were involved in road accidents and that he had bought them from a broker in Kerala. However, when the police sought the documents such as registration certificate and insurance certificate, he was unable to show them.

As the statements of Rajendran were contradictory, a probe was conducted which unravelled that they were stolen vehicles and that he had received them from Salu Varghese of Kannur, Kerala.

Superintendent of Police (Madurai Rural) M. Manohar said that a case under Section 102 of Cr. P.C (unclaimed property) had been registered. “We have a strong suspicion that the accused may be a part of an inter-State gang which indulged in stealing vehicles in one State and selling them in a neighbouring State. A case of vehicle missing has been registered by Kannur Town Police. A special police team from Kerala is expected to come in a day or two for interrogation of the accused,” he added.

Modus operandi

Deputy Superintendent of Police (Tirupparankundram) A. Mayilvahanan said that the modus operandi of the accused was to buy stolen vehicles from other States and after dismantling them, he sold them as spares in the markets through brokers. Inspector of Police (Avaniapuram) S. Govindaraj said that they were interrogating a couple of suspects who had been selling automobile spare parts.

Whether they had valid documents or not was being examined, he added.

Police officers said that vehicles reported missing in Tamil Nadu might have been driven to neighbouring States with duplicate registration number plates and in a similar modus operandi they would have been dismantled and sold as automobile spares.

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