Mo­tor theft ac­cused mis­lead­ing cops to avoid rob­bery charge

HT Ludhiana Live - - In&around - Tarsem Singh Deogan tarsem.deogan@hin­dus­tan­times.com LUD­HI­ANA:

Po­lice sus­pect that three per­sons ar­rested for mo­tor theft on March 13 and 15 may have robbed the ve­hi­cles and not just stolen them.

A po­lice of­fi­cial on Satur­day said that the ac­cused had dur­ing in­ter­ro­ga­tion claimed that they had used a master key to steal the ve­hi­cles. “But we also sus­pect that they may have robbed some of the cars to avoid be­ing charged with rob­bery, which car­ries a harsher pun­ish­ment than mo­tor theft,” said Daresi po­lice sta­tion house of­fi­cer San­jiv Kapoor on Satur­day.

Daresi po­lice had busted a gang of al­leged car thieves by ar­rest­ing one of the ac­cused, Shah­baz Singh of Dashmesh Na­gar, on March 13. On a tipoff by him, two more per­sons, Ashok Ku­mar of Peeru Banda of Salem Tabri area and Jaswinder Singh of La­bor Colony of Gill Chowk, were ar­rested on March 15. Po­lice have re­cov­ered 12 cars so far. “Though the ac­cused claimed that they used a master key, most of the re­cov­ered cars have se­cu­rity mea­sures, in­clud­ing a spe­cial ig­ni­tion func­tion that can­not be used with a master key,” Kapoor said.

Po­lice are yet to con­tact the own­ers of cars as their reg­is­tra­tion has been traced to other states. “We are in touch with our coun­ter­parts in other states,” he said. One of the ac­cused, Bablu, is at large.

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