Ropar, Jul 6: Police unearthed an interstate vehicle scam worth crores of rupees, allegedly operated in collusion with the Transport department officials and arrested two people in this connection, police said here on Saturday.
According to Ropar SSP Swapan Sharma, as many as 93 vehicles running illegally in the state, valued at Rs four crore, have been seized so far.Police has also recovered fake Aadhar cards from the accused in the scam, in which car dealers in Delhi, Hoshiarpur, Sangrur and Patiala were also involved.
A large, organised network was engaged in the purchase of second-hand vehicles from one state and would sell them to car dealers of another state by changing the chassis and engine number.
Many of the vehicles seized had pending loans against them in their states of origin, said the SSP, adding that several vehicles were found to have been registered on a single fake Aadhar card.
The scam came to light, with the discovery of a large batch of second vehicles bought from Maharashtra at throwaway prices. Nearly 5000 Toyota vehicles were picked up by car dealers of different states, with around 500 of them ending up in Punjab.
The organised gang would bypass all government rules, procedures and taxes, as well as submission of necessary documents, and get them registered as new, with the collusion of clerks in the district transport offices.
Mr Sharma said that initial investigations have revealed certain loopholes in the centralised data, created by the concerned department of the Union government, as well as flaws in 'Vahan 3' and 'Vahan 4' software, which the gang was manipulating to their advantage.
Operative since the past two years, the gang had been duping people mainly from the middle income group.Ropar police is in touch with the Transport department and other districts, to gauge the extent of damage done by this scam, he added. (UNI)