mphal, April 22 2022: Total number of vehicle theft cases during the current month (April) as per information shared by owners to this daily reached 23 Friday after 11 such cases were reported on Thursday.
Though owners lodged complaints to the respective police stations regarding missing/stealing of their vehicles, not a single vehicle could be recovered till date as also arrest of vehicle lifter.
Based on complaints lodged by owners to the police stations concerned, vehicle lifting cases have increased manifold and there is no specific time for vehicle lifters as they continue to lift vehicles, regardless of whether big or small as well as during day or night.
Modus operandi of the vehicle lifters as is evident from CCTV footages is that they come either on a two-wheeler or in a car and left together after one of them steals the vehicle.
Based on the complaints, vehicle lifting incidents happened generally at educational institutions, offices, hospitals, residential houses and other areas irrespective of day or night.
This has created fear among public about existence of an organised vehicle lifting gang in the state.
In view of the increasing vehicle theft cases, Manipur police department has recently reconstituted Anti Vehicle Theft Cell led by ADGP (L/O) and started taking up stringent action to identify the gangs and recover stolen vehicles.
This daily reported at least 11 incidents of vehicle missing/stolen in the month of April and 12 new cases were reported on Friday.
As per a complaint lodged at Porompat police station on April 22, one Honda Activa 6G Grey MN06SD-2265 was stolen on the intervening night of Aprill9 and 20 from a house at Singjamei Wangma Bheigyabati Leikai.
In another case lodged at Heingang PS on April 18, one Bullet Classic 350 Dark Stealth Black parked in front of Punjab & Sind Bank, Laipham Khunou was stolen at about 4.30 pm on April 17.Vehicle lifters did not spare even educational institutions as one Continental GT-650 Mister Clean used by a student of Manipur Technical University was found stolen on April 11 while the student was attending class.
The student lodged a complaint to Lamphel police station.
In another complaint at Heingang PS, one Honda Activa 6G (grey) MN06SD-3981 parked in front of Pikadro office at Khabam Chumbreithong was found stolen on April 6.On April 3, one Royal Enfield Himalayan Sleet Grey MN 01AH-5582 parked in front of a restaurant at Mahabali was found stolen while the owner was having food inside the restaurant and lodged a complaint in this regard to Porompat PS.
One Royal Enfield Classic 350 Chrome Red (MN01AL-4559) was also found stolen from Lairikyengbam High School ground on April 2 when the owner and his friends were enjoying Thabal Chongba and a complaint in this regard was lodged at Lamphel PS.
One Honda Activa 6G Dlx Red (MN 06SE-0616) parked in front of DM University canteen was also found stolen on April 12 at about 5pm and the owner lodged a complaint at Imphal PS.
Another Honda Activa 6G MN06SE -1950 (blue) belonging to a student of DM College of Science of DM University was found stolen from near Zoology department while the student was attending class on April 21 .
In another case, one Interceptor 650 Ex White & Red (MN04G-1808) parked in front of Secured Office building, North AOC was found stolen on April 18 and the owner lodged a complaint at Imphal PS.
A brand new TVS Jupiter Classic BS6 Beaver Brown (without registration) was also stolen from a house at Santipur Kanglatongbi on April 18 and the owner lodged a complaint at Sekmai PS.
In another case, one Honda Activa 3G White MN01F-7305 was found stolen from a house at Singjamei Khongnangpheideki on April 7 and the owner lodged a complaint at Singjamei PS.
One Honda Activa 3G (blue) MN06SB-3209 was also stolen on April 20 evening while the owner was witnessing Lai Haraoba festival at Moirangkampu Awang Leikai Puri Puraba Sanglen for barely 10 minutes and accordingly lodged a complaint at Porompat PS .