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Inter-State Car Theft Racket Busted In Odisha Capital, 2 Arrested

31 December 2019

Snigdha Chandan Das

Bhubaneswar: Twin City Commissionerate Police have busted an inter-state vehicle theft racket here today and arrested two persons in this connection.

The Commissionerate Police have seized eight cars from the accused persons.

The arrested have been identified as Chinmaya Sahu (30) and Gopal Mohanty (34).

Sahu who is a Master in Computer Application (MCA) is a native of Khamara in Angul district and used to reside in a rented house in Sainik School area.

On the other hand, Mohanty is a Master in Business Administration (MBA) is a native of Jharpada Canal Road area of the Capital City.

According to the police one Sanjaya Kumar Sandha, a Sub Inspector of Khandagiri police station on December 29 had reported at Laxmisagar police station that one Chinmaya Sahu, who claimed himself as an used car dealer came to him on November 1 this year and offered him to sell one Innova Crysta car at Rs 14 lakh and showed him one Innova car bearing registration no. AS-01-BZ-4994.

But after taking Rs 8 lakh in advance neither he handed over the car nor returned the money and was absconding.

In this connection, a cheating case was registered at the Laxmisagar police station. Special squad and IIC Khandagiri were entrusted to investigate the case.

Police said that during the investigation it was found that one inter-state vehicle theft racket was operating in Bhubaneswar.

Sahu who was earlier doing business of a rent a car allured different prospective buyers to sell different luxury cars which he claimed to be reposed vehicle and assured to sell it at a much cheaper price from that of the showroom.

Sahu was an accomplice of one Papa of West Bengal who in connivance with Sahu and his friend Mohanty was selling stolen vehicles to different prospective buyers.

Usually, Sahu after identifying buyers was placing order to Papa who in turn was sending vehicles to Shu to be sold to buyers with fake documents.

The documents were deliberately prepared to make it appear as original and in this process the buyers were cheated.

All the buyers were asked to pay 50% of the agreed money in advance and the culprits were assured to be provided with NOC and other documents and after handing over of the documents the culprits would take the remaining amount. But the culprits never handed over NOC to buyers.

On verification, it was found that with the same registration number original car were existing with the owners.

The accused persons had tampered with engine and chassis no. of all vehicles, the police added.

“We have recovered eight high-end vehicles from them.  We apprehend the involvement of an inter-state racket of stolen vehicles and these vehicles have been disposed off here,” said Bhubaneswar DCP Anup Sahoo.

Anup Sahoo, DCP, Bhubaneswar