BSP councillor held for running auto-theft gang in Delhi

July 4th, 2008 - 10:03 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, July 4 (IANS) A Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP) councillor from Uttar Pradesh and two accomplices have been arrested here for running an auto-lifting gang, the police said Friday. “Mohammed Arif, 36, councillor in Behjoi in Muradabad was arrested Wednesday for operating a auto-lifting gang in Delhi. He has a criminal record of past five years and was earlier associated with the Samajwadi Party,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (South Delhi) H.G.S. Dhaliwal.

“Earlier, he had managed to evade his arrest due to his influence,” he added.

The police said he was nabbed following arrest of his two accomplices Mukesh, 23, and Kabeer, 23, last month.

The duo - both residents of Badarpur in Delhi - were arrested June 19 for stealing cars from south Delhi area and selling these to Arif for Rs. 20,000 each.

Dhaliwal said Arif’s auto workshop in Muradabad was searched and three stolen Maruti vans, dismantled engines and chassis were recovered.

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