Cops nab auto-lifters after 20-minute chase

Traffic police’s chase and challan squad caught two teenage auto-lifters within 20 minutes after a motorcycle was stolen at Mehrauli in south Delhi on Friday. 

Sohail, 19, of Mehrauli, and Danish, 18, of Noida sector 44, were held after a brief chase on motorcycles by three officials.

Head constable Shyam Lal was at Chirag Delhi traffic intersection around 4.20 pm, when he noticed a Yamaha motorcycle coming from Sheikh Sarai.

“The driver and the pillion rider were without helmet and had jumped a traffic signal to move towards Nehru Place. Shyam indicated the driver to stop, but instead they sped towards Nehru Place,” said Satyendra Garg, joint commissioner of police (traffic).

Suspecting foul play, Shyam communicated with head constable Narender and constable Om Prakash and started chasing the offenders.

Chase in vicinity

Sohail and Danish stopped their motorcycle about 200 metres from Chirag Delhi, abandoned it and entered Masjid Moth colony.

The three traffic officials then chased the duo inside the colony and found that they had jumped the boundary wall of the colony and entered a jungle in the vicinity.

Undaunted officials apprehended them after a chase of about half a kilometre.

On questioning, Sohail and Danish told police that they had stolen the motorcycle from Mehrauli block L a few minutes back.

The accused were later handed over to Greater Kailash police station and the stolen motorcycle was impounded under provisions of the Code of Criminal Procedure.

A further probe revealed that motorcycle’s owner Jeet Kumar had parked the vehicle in front of his house around 2.45 pm and found it missing around 4.30 pm.

Reward

Garg also said the three traffic officials are being recommended for a cash reward and a commendation roll by the police commissioner.

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