Guwahati, Feb 10: The Guwahati police are intensifying efforts to crack down on the notorious “siren gang,” known for unlawfully equipping vehicles with sirens and red/blue beacon lights, in violation of the Motor Vehicle Act, 1988. Their vigilance heightened after the seizure of nine luxury vehicles involved in the illicit practice.
In a massive operation, Guwahati police have seized nine vehicles where red and blue beacon lights were installed.
Based on the confession made by the hit-and-run accused, Arin Kataki (20), who was a member of the suspected siren gang, the police launched the operation and seized the vehicles.
Notably, Arin Kataki is the son of Pranjal Kataki, who is currently employed as an Assistant Conservator of Forest (ACF) in the Forest Resources and Survey Division, Santipur, Guwahati.
Meanwhile, three more youths have been detained by the police and are being interrogated at the Basistha police station.
Talking to reporters, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic), Guwahati, Jayanta S. Borah, said, “On January 26, 2024, a hit-and-run case was reported in the Nalapara area of Guwahati. During the investigation, we were able to track the person and apprehend him along with his vehicle. We have found that the front side of the vehicle is broken, and the vehicle has installed some red and blue lights, which are generally installed in ambulances, government officials, and VVIPs. The vehicle, which was a Scorpio, was badly damaged, and it was a hit-and-run case.”
“The Basistha police in Guwahati on Friday arrested Arin Kataki over a hit-and-run case that left one person dead. The incident took place last January 26 when the accused ran his speeding vehicle over the middle-aged man, killing him on the spot,” he said.
He said, “The accident took place at around 8.30 pm on national highway-27 at the Nalapara sublocality, which falls under Basistha police station in Guwahati. At the time, the unidentified vehicle managed to flee from the spot.”
“Basically, they want to create a nuisance in the street and prove that they are the sons of big people. In all nine vehicles, we have found some passes. Assam assembly passes and some other passes, and during the investigation process, we will be able to find why they have possessions,” Borah said.
During the investigation, new penal sections were added, including Section 201/304 of the IPC attempting to destroy evidence and culpable homicide not amounting to murder, the police said.
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