Over 50 scrap dealers grilled to trace AAP’s stolen car

New Delhi, Oct 13 (IANS) Four Delhi Police teams, trying to trace the stolen car once used by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, have grilled more than 50 scrap and spare parts dealers in Delhi-NCR, a police officer said on Friday.

Three teams on Thursday evening left for Soti Ganj spare parts market in Uttar Pradesh’s Meerut and another team conducted a search operation at Mayapuri market in west Delhi to trace the blue WagonR, police said.

“During the search operation, the teams have also checked all blue wagonR cars parked along roads and at godowns, and also ones running on roads near Soti Ganj road,” the officer who is part of the investigation team told IANS.

“The teams also alerted and questioned scrap dealers, who used to purchase old cars, for clues about the missing car.”

Police officers in Gautam Buddh Nagar (in Uttar Pradesh) and Gurugram and Faridabad (both in Haryana) have also been told to share inputs if any such car is found parked in their jurisdictions, the officer said.

“Generally, more than 15-20-year-old cars whose registration numbers are expired by the transport department are purchased by scrap dealers who take out the parts and sell them in bulk to spare parts dealers in Meerut and Mayapuri markets. Majority of auto lifter gangs sell the stolen cars to scrap dealers,” he said.

The car was stolen here on Thursday and the AAP later slammed Lt Governor Anil Baijal for the “poor” law and order situation in the city.

The blue WagonR, registered in the name of the AAP, was being used by party’s media coordinator Vandana Singh and was stolen from outside Delhi Secretariat’s Gate No.3, the officer said.

CCTV footage from the area shows two persons, who had covered their faces, driving it away, the officer added.

The car had been gifted to Kejriwal by a party supporter. The Chief Minister now uses an official car.

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