UP STF busted a racket and arrested 9 people from Lucknow, Etawah and Ferozabad involved in lifting luxury cars on September 1. STF has recovered 8 luxury cars and mobile phones from the gang. The accused have accepted theft of dozens of vehicles from the state capital and nearby cities. The method of lifting cars of the gang was quite hi-tech. Dr Arvind Chaturvedi told that after the year 2012 most of the vehicles are coming with ECM device which is computerised and the door and engine of these vehicles also require computerised key, so even after opening the door to start the engine the computerised key is essential. The thieves found a way out for the whole mechanism, first of all they used to cut the horn wire of ECM device vehicles and got rid of alarm fear. Then they broke the back glass and entered inside the cars and removed ECM, replacing it with synchronized ECM and using their own computerised keys for the doors and engine. After lifting the vehicle in this way they used to change its engine and chassis number also. They purchased rejected vehicle documents from the scrap dealers and got their engine and chassis number welded very carefully on the stolen cars.
Additional SP STF Dr. Arvind Chaturvedi told the mediapersons that on March 4 and July 12 the STF team had arrested vehicle thieves who later informed about active network of the gang in the surrounding districts. On further investigation STF came to know about Jankipuram resident Rajiv Sharma heading one such gang. On Wednesday STF got the information of Rajiv and his Rajasthan resident friend Sujan Singh to be seen in Gomtinagar area with the missing TATA Safari car and thus both of them were nabbed there and then by the police. Investigation with the caught duo led to recovery of 2 luxury cars from Rajiv’s house in Saraswatipuram area of Jankipuram and arrest of Jitendra Gupta from Delhi, Nandlal from Noida, Subodh, Neeraj and Rambaran from Etawah and Iqbal from Ferozabd. 5 luxury cars were recovered from the arrested gang.