Think twice be­fore rent­ing out your car to pri­vate agen­cies

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­

If you own a car, but do not have much use of it, think twice be­fore rent­ing out it to some pri­vate agen­cies.

In less than two months, the Navi Mum­bai po­lice have re­cov­ered over 70 such cars and ar­rested eleven mem­bers of two dif­fer­ent cars who would cheat the own­ers by tak­ing such cars on rent.

In sev­eral cases, the cul­prits also sold the cars, by mak­ing bo­gus doc­u­ments and chang­ing the reg­is­tra­tion num­bers, the po­lice said.

In the lat­est in­ci­dent, the Kamothe po­lice have ar­rested four mem­bers of a gang and have seized 35 cars from their pos­ses­sion.

Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice, the gang would take ve­hi­cles from the own­ers promis­ing a monthly rent of Rs 25,000-30,000. They would then make du­pli­cate doc­u­ments of the cars such as RC books, in­sur­ance poli­cies and send those to used cars’ mar­ket.

“They would tell the prospec­tive cus­tomers that they need cash ur­gently and are hence sell­ing the cars at a cheaper rate. In a re­cent case, they cheated a San­tacruz res­i­dent of Rs2 lakh by show­ing one such car,” said Ashok Naik, se­nior po­lice in­spec­tor of Kamothe po­lice sta­tion.

Act­ing on a tip-off, the po­lice ar­rested the main ac­cused Vicky Gaik­ward, 25, a res­i­dent of Kamothe. Vish­wash Kadam, 23, a res­i­dent of Kamothe, Pravin Khadak­van, 35, a res­i­dent of Khanda Colony, and Mausam Patil, 33, a res­i­dent of Bhi­wandi, were ar­rested later. Three other gang mem­bers are still at large.

The po­lice have booked them un­der sec­tions 420, 465, 467, 468, 471 and 34 of the In­dian Pe­nal Code (IPC).

In the last week of June the Ra­bale MIDC po­lice ar­rested seven peo­ple who would cheat car own­ers us­ing the same modus operandi.

“When the ve­hi­cles own­ers con­tacted them for the rents, they would threaten them with dire con­se­quences. They also re­fused to re­turn the ve­hi­cles,” said Babasa­heb Tute, po­lice in­spec­tor from Ra­bale MIDC po­lice sta­tion.

Many other peo­ple of this gang are still at large and the po­lice are now search­ing for them.

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