Kolkata: Kolkata Police arrested a member of an inter-state car theft racket from Manipur and recovered eight cars those were stolen from different parts of the state.
The most interesting part of the entire incident is that members of the racket including one Pratik Bhattacharya, who was arrested earlier, used to take cars on rent from different people
saying that it would be operated for transportation of actors and technicians working in Tollywood. Many car owners from different parts of the state including Sarsuna, Chitpur, Chinsurah, Barasat, Barrackpore, Liluah and
Electronic Complex at Salt Lake had given their cars on rent. Later, they lodged complaints with their respective police stations.
A case in this connection was initiated with Panchasayar police station.
Police initiated a probe and arrested Pratik. Further investigation revealed that he had sold out all the cars those were taken on rent.
Police also came to know about one MK Mujahidin, alias, Rustom. Acting on a tip off, a team comprising senior police officers from Kolkata Police conducted a raid in Manipur and arrested Rustom. Police have recovered eight stolen cars from the possession of Rustom.
A senior police officer said that this is a major breakthrough for them as it would lead them to other members of the racket.
The accused had been operating in the state for the past few years and it came to the notice of the police when similar types of complaints were lodged with different police stations.
The incident of car theft had taken both in the area under the jurisdiction of Kolkata Police and
west Bengal Police.
The accused used to approach the car owner saying that the vehicles will be used for transportation mainly of actors.
They also used to offer a hefty amount as rent. As a result, the car owners could not resist but accept the offers.
The owners of the cars had realised that their vehicles were stolen when the concerned person had stopped taking phone calls.
Police will interrogate Rustom considering that he has information about other members of the racket.