Assam: 'Most wanted' car lifter gang arrested

Guwahati, Sept 17 : A 'most wanted' car lifter gang was arrested by police in Assam's Nagaon district on Thursday evening, police said on Friday.

Acting on a tip-off, a joint team of Assam police and Nagaland police launched a massive operation at Raha in the district on Thursday evening and nabbed the car lifter gang.

The arrested car lifter gang members were identified as Raju Barman alias Bishal Das alias Ajit Das alias Subrata (40) hailing from Kokrajhar district and Babul Choudhury (38) of Pathori Arjuntal in Nagaon district.

During police interrogation, gang leader Raju Barman revealed that they had been selling hired vehicles at Dimapur and other places in Nagaland through their agent.

''The inter-state 'most wanted' car lifter gang had been selling hired vehicles after killing the drivers,'' a senior police official said.

A police official of Dimapur told IBNS, ''We have got some vital clues after body of Mohibul Ali of Jorhat district was recovered from a hotel on August 1. The family members of Ali alleged that an unidentified person hired their Maruti Van and drove to Dimapur with him on July 30. The next day the family members filed a missing report to find Ali.''

''On August 1, we found an unknown person's body inside a hotel room in Dimapur. Later the body was identified. But the hired vehicle was missing and a case was registered at Dimapur East police station,'' the officer added.