Owner of stolen car finds it two years later, discovers that police officer was using it!

The car was taken by a station officer in Kanpur for servicing, after which the actual owner received a call for routine feedback from a service center, which had his number on record

SO Bithoor using stolen car (IANS Photo)
SO Bithoor using stolen car (IANS Photo)
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NH Web Desk

In an incident which left Kanpur police brass red-faced, the owner of a car stolen from a car washing centre on December 31, 2018 from the city’s Barra area learnt from a auto service center that the car was being used by station officer of Bithoor police station, Kaushlendra Pratap Singh

Omendra Soni got a call from KTL service centre enquiring if his vehicle was running fine after the service a few days ago, as per a report carried by HT. “I was surprised at the query. I was told my details were with the centre due to a previous servicing of my Wagon R, that is why the call was placed for feedback,” he was quoted as saying.

Singh, one of the cops injured in the Bikru ambush, in which eight policemen were killed by gangster Vikas Dubey and his men on July 3 last, would have continued using the stolen car had he not taken the car for the service.

Singh, in his defence, claimed he had found the car abandoned after which it was seized. He did not answer when asked how a police officer could use a seized vehicle as it was not permissible. As per procedure, Bithoor police should have informed Barra police about the recovery of the car, which clearly did not happen.

IG, Kanpur range, Mohit Agarwal was quoted as saying that using a seized vehicle either for official or personal use was against the law. “The entire case would be inquired into and anyone found responsible would face serious departmental action,” he said.

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