Jamshedpur: The police on Wednesday nabbed two youths riding a stolen bike near Community Centre ground at Dhatkidih. The police arrested Ravi Deep ( 22) alias Kalia and Subhaan ( 21) alias Shahrukh. A team led by Officer-in-charge, Bistupur police station Srineewash nabbed the youths who were a part of a racket of bike-lifting in the city. The bike recovered is TVS bike ( JH05 W 4517).
According to him, the Bistupur police station had got a tip off that two youths were riding a stolen bike. The team rushed to Dhatkidih and arrested the youths involved. “We are trying to find out if the youths had stolen more vehicles,” said the officer.
The district police, however, have failed to take any concrete action to curb the theft of motorcycles, which remain one of the most popular, and cheapest, forms of personal transportation. Observers say that taking the lack of police effort in this area into account is also one of the reasons for the sudden rise.
Requesting anonymity, a senior police officer the victims who are a part of the lower middle class do not generally protest to pursue the case. “This is the reason why the motorcycle theft issue has never been taken seriously,” he observed.
He added that motorcycles can be easily disposed of, and there is “no concept of proper registration plates for motorcycles”. He said that the number of motorcycles had also drastically increased.
Most of the snatched or stolen motorcycles end up in the used spare parts markets after they are dismantled, according to sources, who add that a small number of motorcycles are taken to Bihar and other neighbouring states where they are disposed of.