Police here today claimed to have arrested a car lifter and recovered a stolen vehicle from his possession.
"During naka checking at Police Post Jawahar Tunnel, a swift Dzire Car was signalled to stop for checking. Sensing trouble, the driver of the car tried to flee from the spot leaving behind the car. But the active cops chased him and apprehended him at some distance", a police spokesman said.
He said that during sustained questioning, the driver revealed that the car was handed over to him by someone at Gandhi Nagar Jammu.
"The car had a fake registration number (JK11A- 8001), issued in the name of one Mohd Reyaz of Rajouri. The accused car thief has been arrested under relevant sections at PS Banihal", a police official said, and identified the alleged thief as Shabir Ahmed Bhatt son of Mohd Akbar Bhatt of Gopalpora, Anantnag Kashmir.
"There are apprehensions that he may be involved in other car theft cases in district Ramban. Further investigation into the matter is under process", the official added.