Drive launched by Ghaziabad police against illegal autos, 320 seized in 2 days
In the last two days, the Ghaziabad police has seized about 320 vehicles under a drive against illegal auto-rickshaw.
This drive has been launched after a 30-year-old woman on February 24 was kidnapped in an auto and was gang-raped.
The woman was gangraped at an isolated spot near Galand in Haput district. The woman belongs to Greater Noida and she took an auto from Lal Kuan at National Highway-9 in Ghaziabad but she was kidnapped mid-way.
There were 3 men in the auto who were acting like they were passengers and the auto driver. An FIR was filed against the three and two days later they were arrested.
The investigators said that the three suspects confessed of the crime during the interrogation. They also revealed that they had kidnapped and gang-raped another woman 1.5 months ago but no complaint was filed in the matter.
The drive started on March 1. The police said that this drive will continue till they do not check the autos running without the IDs.
“We launched the drive to figure out all illegal autos here. We found over 200 autos operating under the jurisdiction of Masuri, Loni and Loni Border police station areas. We have seized the autos. The registration numbers are of Hapur, Meerut and Delhi. Apart from this, we have issued challans against 400 such autos registered in Ghaziabad,” said superintendent of police (rural) Iraj Raja.
A unique four-digit ID is provided by the Ghaziabad police to the auto that operate and register in Ghaziabad.
According to official estimates, the district has around 16,000 autos mostly on shared basis ferrying passengers.
During the incident, the auto travelled on NH-9 from Lal Kuan and passed through the jurisdiction of Masuri police station area to reach Pilkhuwa.
A similar drive was also launched under the jurisdiction are which also includes the Lal Kuan intersection.
“In the last two days, we have seized around 120 autos from other districts, and are also cracking down on autos plying without unique IDs. The drive will continue, and our personnel are taking up thorough checks at major points in Vijay Nagar, Lal Kuan and other areas,” said superintendent of police (city 1) Nipun Agarwal.