Cops fail to dis­pose of seized ve­hi­cles

THE RE­SULT Po­lice sta­tions in the city are fast be­ing trans­formed into scrap yards

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HT NAVI MUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­[email protected]­dus­tan­times.com

CBD BE­LA­PUR: Ve­hi­cles that have been re­cov­ered or seized by the Navi Mum­bai po­lice seem to be gath­er­ing dust at po­lice sta­tions.

De­spite clear guide­lines on how th­ese ve­hi­cles must be re­turned to the owner within the stip­u­lated time af­ter get­ting nec­es­sary per­mis­sions from a court, care­less­ness on the part of of­fi­cials has failed to see any ac­tion be­ing taken.

In fact, sources at th­ese po­lice sta­tions claimed that po­lice of­fi­cials do not even bother look­ing for the owner of a ve­hi­cle since it is time con­sum­ing. How­ever, rules also state that if there are no claimants for the ve­hi­cles, they can be auc­tioned. Nei­ther of th­ese prac­tices ap­pears to be fol­lowed in the city.

Of­fi­cial ap­a­thy to dis­pose of th­ese seized ve­hi­cles has trans­formed the sprawl­ing premises of Turbhe, Nerul and Rabale po­lice sta­tions into junk yards.

For the ones that do not have the ad­van­tage of large com­pounds, such as APMC and Vashi po­lice sta­tions, seized bikes, cars and trucks are just parked along the road.

The traf­fic snarls they cause, are ig­nored by au­thor­i­ties. Fur­ther, a num­ber of parked ve­hi­cles have also been re­duced to scrap as spare parts are of­ten stolen from them.

Pratap Sawant, a Vashi res­i­dent said, “There is lit­tle space for mo­torists who come to the po­lice sta­tion to park or even for vis­i­tors at the nearby com­mu­nity cen­tre or the hos­pi­tal.”

“A few years ago, sev­eral ve­hi­cles were dam­aged in a fire that broke out there,” added Sawant.

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