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Old 6th January 2015, 12:46   #1
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In a daring daybreak robbery bid, a car thief breaks-in a car by unlocking the rear door, removes the Gear Lock with a cutter, cuts the electric fitting in an attempt to start the vehicle and accidentally locks himself up in the car itself while doing so. Further to this he tries to break the glass in the pursuit to break free but is caught in the act by the owner of the vehicle and his neighbors. The police is called and they nab the trapped man from the locked vehicle.

Now comes the surprising part, the man is detained but is let off as is as the police consider the man to be of unstable mind and the owner decided not to press charges against him.

Is he mentally unstable or smart enough to get his way through even after getting caught is for anyone to guess!!

Will all this deter the man from further pursuing this illegal but lucrative carrier or make him fearless as he is set free even after getting caught red-handed!!

Then comes the most important question that how safe are our cars or other vehicles on the streets when stealing them is as easy as driving a knife through butter for criminals who can break through the auto-locks, cut the gear-locks, breeze through the immobilizers, remove the GPS systems quite easily and are let-off unscathed even if caught red handed.

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GHAZIABAD: A suspected car thief virtually gift-wrapped himself for Ghaziabad police on Monday by accidentally activating a vehicle’s auto-lock system after breaking in.

It was 5.30am when a neighbour informed Indirapuram resident Pradeep Tyagi that a man was trapped inside his Renault Duster. Tyagi found the intruder attempting to break open one of the vehicle’s windows in an attempt to escape.

He called a few neighbours and alerted the police. After a PCR van reached the spot, Tyagi unlocked the car and police nabbed the man.

“He entered the SUV by unlocking the rear door. Then he removed the gear lock with a cutter. In an attempt to start the car, he cut the wires of some electrical fittings because of which the central lock got jammed and the thief was trapped inside,” said Tyagi. Police officials said the suspect was detained but as he seemed mentally unstable and Tyagi decided not to register a case, the man was set free.
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How exactly did they establish his mental instability on-the-spot?

He's apparently smart enough to unlock a locked car, cut a gear lock and try to hotwire it. Some nutjob he is! Is there more to the story?
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Simply points to an understanding between the cops and the thief. Am pretty sure he will do it again in the near future and this time he will ensure not getting locked in the car.
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Definitely a nexus between the cops and the thief, letting off a man assumed to be mentally unfit without any doctor's certificate and not even thinking of sending him to state mental asylum or something for further checks is too hard to digest. Can understand the owner's reluctance to file a case coz he must have be informed by the cops of the frequent visits to the station.

Cant understand how was the thief able to unlock the rear door? Did he have a duplicate key?
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It's easy to imagine why the owner did not press charges.

To start with, the car is now evidence, which means it will need to be taken to the police station, and left there till assessed. With this being a case which will need trial in court, the vehicle would be kept in police custody perhaps, where there is no surety of it being safe. The owner will be left without a vehicle if this is his only one, and needless to say, we all know how the judicial machinery works. The owner would probably take solace in the fact that he still has his car!

As for the culprit, he will get out soon enough and continue with his fancies.
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If the owner refuses to file charges, then what can the Police do? AFAIK they can act only when someone complaints or files an FIR.
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It's easy to imagine why the owner did not press charges.

To start with, the car is now evidence, which means it will need to be taken to the police station, and left there till assessed. With this being a case which will need trial in court, the vehicle would be kept in police custody perhaps, where there is no surety of it being safe. The owner will be left without a vehicle if this is his only one, and needless to say, we all know how the judicial machinery works. The owner would probably take solace in the fact that he still has his car!
Though its true that the car is an evidence, but it can still be released on Superdari with just a little effort and the owner can still enjoy the vehicle.


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If the owner refuses to file charges, then what can the Police do? AFAIK they can act only when someone complaints or files an FIR.
The Intent of the police and why people do not press charges can be known from the following incident :-

A newly acquired Hyundai Santro of my cousin was stolen from outside his college, Ohh… how he rued the fact that why did he attend his college on that day when almost on all the other occasions he generally used to bunk.

But the story didn’t end there. On recollecting the sequence of events he remembered that one key of his car went missing from his house just a few days ago and on the fateful day just the maid and one of his friends were the visitors to the house.

This piece of information was conveyed to the police and the turn of events was such that on interrogation the friend admits to lifting the key and eventually the vehicle which was sold off by him for just a paltry sum of INR 20,000 to a person in Karnal.

The police personnel instruct the boy to call that person and tell him to bring the vehicle back to Delhi on some pretext. The person in Karnal directs the boy to deposit INR 20,000 in his account on receipt of which he says he will hand over the vehicle.

The sum of INR 20,000 is deposited by my cousin in the stated account and as expected the person brings the car to Delhi on the same day. The police personnel wait for him at the border and apprehend him just as he crosses the border and comes in their jurisdiction.

What happens next is the most ironic part, my cousin and his family is told not to file any charges as the police personnel say that the friend can also try to implicate my cousin in the same and to forego the INR 20,000.

What follows next is that the boy and the person who bought the car are let-off on the same day and how this happened is again anybody’s guess !!

The family is still happy that atleast their newly acquired vehicle is with them and the amount as such also does not matter much to them.
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If the owner refuses to file charges, then what can the Police do? AFAIK they can act only when someone complaints or files an FIR.
There's plenty of anecdotal evidence and I've personally experienced the policemen's 'friendly advice' not to get caught up in 'messy' complaints/FIRs on occasion. Shameful but true that it's the law-abiding citizen who wants to do the right thing who's living in fear in our country and of its legal machinery.

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Though its true that the car is an evidence, but it can still be released on Superdari with just a little effort and the owner can still enjoy the vehicle.

The family is still happy that atleast their newly acquired vehicle is with them and the amount as such also does not matter much to them.
Exactly. It is easy for us to discuss going through all that hassle. But in reality things are not that easy and all of us are busy in our lives. Hence we all act differently. Once the owner gets his car then he may not care what happens to the thief.
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To start with, the car is now evidence, which means it will need to be taken to the police station, and left there till assessed. With this being a case which will need trial in court, the vehicle would be kept in police custody perhaps, where there is no surety of it being safe. The owner will be left without a vehicle if this is his only one, and needless to say, we all know how the judicial machinery works. The owner would probably take solace in the fact that he still has his car!
Is this true? From what I remember the vehicle is examined, photographed etc. and returned to the owner. Why is the car needed during the trial?

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The sum of INR 20,000 is deposited by my cousin in the stated account and as expected the person brings the car to Delhi on the same day. The police personnel wait for him at the border and apprehend him just as he crosses the border and comes in their jurisdiction.

What happens next is the most ironic part, my cousin and his family is told not to file any charges as the police personnel say that the friend can also try to implicate my cousin in the same and to forego the INR 20,000.
Pretty convoluted way to solve a crime. What if the perpetrator had suspected something and never crossed over? Something doesn't smell right.
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Is this true? From what I remember the vehicle is examined, photographed etc. and returned to the owner. Why is the car needed during the trial?
Anoop,

Same case is for the third party claims. The compensation will have to be settled by court order and till that time the car is impounded by the cops. The repair works if any for the car can start post the release by the cops.

Sorry for going OT but since related hence posted. Pls delete if not relevant to the discussion.
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Pretty convoluted way to solve a crime. What if the perpetrator had suspected something and never crossed over? Something doesn't smell right.
It may seem to be, but at that point of time it seemed to be the ideal option to re-acquire the car from the jaws of the perpetrator. This all unfolded in front of my eyes around 4 years back at the Kundli Border with police personnel barricading around 250 metres inside the border.

Atlast the sense of the police prevailed and the car was handed over to the owner, alas with a dent of INR 20,000 to the pocket.
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Is this true?
I'll do you one better, and stick to the convoluted theme.

This happened while I was in college, and a friend's new bike (HH Splendor) got stolen from a marketplace. Now this friend incidentally knew someone who had access to the SI of the area's police station, so we were sitting across his desk barely an hour after the theft came to light. He didn't even bother asking for any details (except the license plate), just sent a constable to fetch the local bike 'lifter' and when the said gentleman arrived, asked him if he's got the bike and if so, return it because it belongs to 'apne log' (our people). The guy took us (escorted by a constable) to a seedy workshop where his grease monkeys were already in the process of scraping off the engine# and other identifiers (modified 97cc splendor engines were a big black market item for motor boats and other applications in those days). The guy calmly asked the boys to reassemble the bike back and hand it over, then the guy had the temerity to ask us for money to return the bike. My friend was enraged by this point, but the guy simply asked us to pay up or leave without making a fuss. The following is a verbatim translation of what he said: "You're fortunate your bike is still in one piece. Feel free to complain at the station, the bike will be impounded while the investigation happens, and you've seen how fast we work. Even assuming you're able to get this sorted out in two days, there's no guarantee there will even be a bike left to take. And don't bother about the station folks. They're probably pissed already that you cost them their cut on this one. I need to pay my boys for labor too".

My friend paid up a few thousand rupees he had on him and we left with the bike and enlightenment on how the Indian 'system' works.

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Just consider those few thousand rupees paid by your friend as the fee paid for the dis-assembly and re-assembly undertaken by them.
Well, the alternative was to lose the bike that cost him close to 50k. True to the Indian automotive attitude, we went with the sensible/VFM option

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I'll do you one better, and stick to the convoluted theme.

"You're fortunate your bike is still in one piece. Feel free to complain at the station, the bike will be impounded while the investigation happens, and you've seen how fast we work. Even assuming you're able to get this sorted out in two days, there's no guarantee there will even be a bike left to take. And don't bother about the station folks. They're probably pissed already that you cost them their cut on this one. I need to pay my boys for labor too".

My friend paid up a few thousand rupees he had on him and we left with the bike and enlightenment on how the Indian 'system' works.
Look that is what I meant when I said "how this happened is again anybody’s guess !!"

These people are hand-in-glove with the criminals and know exactly who has committed which crime.

Just consider those few thousand rupees paid by your friend as the fee paid for the dis-assembly and re-assembly undertaken by them.
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Doesnt the Duster come with a key which has an immobiliser in it? If yes then is it still possible to hotwire the car and steal it?
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