BARGARH :An inter-State car theft gang was busted by Bargarh Police and two persons arrested on Sunday. Two cars with registration numbers of Chhattisgarh have been seized from them.
The accused have been identified as Ranjit Sahu (28) of Sindol under Ulunda police limits and Shankar (22) alias Bibek Behera of Haridhar Nagar under Dungripali police limits. Another member of the gang, Prem Behera of Madanpur Rampur in Kalahandi district, is still at large.
During interrogation, the accused informed police that they used to hire vehicles from travel agencies in the State. When the drivers used to get down, they used to speed away with the vehicle. They used to change number plates of the vehicles.
On February 23, the accused hired a car at Raigarh in Chhattisgarh to travel to Bargarh. However, when the driver got down, the duo fled with the car. Later, they drove to Ulunda and changed its number plate with an intention to sell it off. Likewise, on March 25 they hired a vehicle from Raipur to travel to Nuapada. Midway, they told the driver that the rear tyre had deflated. When the driver got down to check it, they pushed him and fled with the car. They hid the car in the garage of Ranjit.