DIMAPUR, Sept 21 - The Anti-Vehicle Theft Squad (AVTS) of Kohima police has so far recovered 37 stolen vehicles worth around Rs 2.59 crore and arrested 32 persons in this connection.
SDPO & PRO of Kohima police Atu Zumv�, in a release, said the AVTS set up in March 2015 under the Kohima SDPO has recovered two trucks, one mini bus, Mahindra Boleros (5), Mahindra pick-up (4), Mahindra Scorpios (4), Tata Mobile (1), Tata Sumos (2), Tata Safari (1), Ashok Leyland pick-up (1), Maruti 800 (2), Maruti Swift Dezire (1), Maruti Wagon-R (1), Maruti Zen (1), Honda City (1), Maruti Alto (1), Hyundai Santro (1), Maruti Van (1) and motorcycles (7) from Kohima district.
The seizure was estimated to be worth Rs 2.59 crore. Out of the 37 stolen vehicles, 15 vehicles were already released to the rightful owner as per the order of Chief Judicial Magistrate Kohima, while 19 vehicles which were reported stolen as per the NCRB database are still in custody, the PRO informed.
The modus operandi of the vehicle lifters, the release said, was that the thieves target a particular car and keeps a watch over it for days. They monitor the movement and the owner�s activity and then carry out the crime. The vehicles are then driven out of Nagaland and sold to gullible buyers.
While not denying that the �cross-selling� of vehicles across states have made things difficult for law enforcing agencies, the Kohima police advised individuals/groups to verify the vehicle records and obtain the NOC from the district SP�s office or Police Commissioner�s office before making any purchase of pre-owned cars.
They also cautioned that forged registration papers, documents and fake registration numbers are easily available in the market, where used car dealers work hand in glove with car thieves, who frequently operate as part of a larger gang. Cars are also dismantled and individual parts sold in the open market. Stolen cars are also being used to carry out crimes and then abandoned, the release added.