KOCHI: The City Police recovered cars that were stolen from Mumbai and sold in the State after forging registration documents.
The case came to light following a tip-off to the City Police Commissioner about a stolen car being sold to one Najib Khan of Edappally. The investigation revealed that the main accused was Muralidharan of Plavila Veedu, Alanchery, Anchal, Kollam, who had sold the car. The police recovered a Skoda car with Maharashtra registration from Edappally.
During the investigation that followed, the police party recovered nearly 13 cars from different parts of Kollam and located 20 other cars. Most of the cars sold belonged to luxury class like Skoda, Chevrolet, Honda City, Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, Scorpio and Tata Indigo.
These cars were sold under the guise that they were recovered by financiers for defaulting loans and were sold for Rs.2-3 lakhs less than its original prices. Registration and insurance certificates were forged and registrations of many cars were changed to the Kerala registration by this time, the police said.
The police suspect the accused having accomplices in Road Transport Offices in Mumbai to get No-Objection Certificates for shifting of registration for stolen cars. The main accused Muralidharan is suspected to be part of a big group of vehicle-lifters. He had moved to Mumbai 26 years ago. He and his two accomplices had gone into hiding after the police started investigation. His Ullas Nagar residence was searched.