MUMBAI: Powai police arrested two gas cylinder delivery boys from Navi Mumbai for allegedly selling 12 rental cars in Rajasthan on forged documents.
Jagdish Bisnoi (23) and Mahendra Godara (19)-both school dropouts-hit upon the idea after they hired a vehicle from Zoomcar to travel to their hometown in Rajasthan in March after the lockdown was imposed, said the police.
Based on a complaint by Zoomcar field executive Dhiraj Maurya on November 3, zonal DCP Maheshwar Reddy supervised a team of senior inspector Vijay Dalvi, inspector Dilip Dhamunse, and sub-inspectors Yash Palwe and Vinod Lad, that arrested the duo from Powai when they arrived to rent a car on December 27. Six cars stolen from Borivli, Chembur, Powai, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh were recovered from them.
“The duo would destroy the GPS chip in the hired car, use the car for personal work till the lockdown restriction on travel was eased at state borders and then sell it,” said an officer. “They were caught because as per the company norms, the client has to take a selfie with the vehicle to get an OTP to open the vehicle door.”
Another police officer said, “The duo would befriend strangers, ask them to help them send money to their hometown using an e-wallet and offer Rs 1,000 for their assistance. The money was in fact being transferred to the car rental company. The accused would even manage to get their victims’ SIM and Aadhaar card details and use it to book vehicles.”