TURA, March 18: One member of a notorious gang of car thieves, which has been terrorizing the town of Tura in West Garo Hills (WGH) district was caught early on Monday morning when he, along with his cohorts were attempting to steal a vehicle which they later torched in frustration as they were unable to succeed with their nefarious attempt.
According to information received, the incident took place in the Teteng Aja locality of the town of Tura when 3 members of the gang of car lifters tried to steal a Hyandai Creta vehicle bearing registration ML 08E 5477. Upon their failure to do so, the criminals tried to burn the car in which the front seat of the car as well as the front window was damaged.
The criminals were caught on CCTV during their attempt after which they attempted to run away from the scene of the crime. Alert residents of the area gave chase and one of the gang members was apprehended by the police after an extensive search conducted by residents and police personnel of Tura.
The criminal caught has been identified as Tangseng Marak of Mendipathar in North Garo Hills (NGH) district who upon learning of the approaching policemen attempted to escape by jumping into a 15 metre gorge and vanished in the darkness.
“This is the work of the infamous car lifting gang and Tura Police Station personnel with cooperation from locals conducted a search. He was caught by noon. This follows another arrest made 3 days ago of one Rorok from Gajing junction of Resubelpara in NGH,” said the Superintendent of Police (SP), WGH, Dr MGR Kumar.
It may be noted here that Rorok’s arrest had led to the recovery of a stolen bike.
The gang had been responsible for a huge number of car theft cases, including a vehicle belonging to an MLA.
Incidentally in an attempt to escape from the police and the public, the criminal sustained injuries when he jumped the gorge though his condition is now said to be stable.
“He sustained injuries when he jumped the gorge when people tried to catch him. He has been admitted and is stable. An effort to nab other gang members is currently on. The leads provided point to a gang who keep on passing vehicles between chains of handlers and valuable clues have been revealed. We are working to arrest more involved,” added Dr Kumar.