LUDHIANA: Two cousins were the mastermind behind the theft of Royal Enfield bikes inside Punjab Agricultural University (PAU). Notably, on Wednesday, with the help of PAU students and some outsiders, police had arrested these youngsters, suspected of selling stolen bikes, from the university.
Both accused have admitted to their crime and bikes have been recovered from them.
The accused have been identified as Parminder Singh (23), a graduation student from Mundiya Kalan and Parvinderjit Singh (24), a BTech student from Gurdaspur.
Investigating officer Lakhwinder Masih said the accused had already had sold a Splender bike to Harmajit Singh Grewal of Gujjarwal village through OLX. On Wednesday, they were caught red handed while trying to sell another stolen bike to Harmanjit’s friend.
Masih said both accused are cousins and well educated. Belonging to Gurdaspur, Parwiinderjit Singh had come to the city two months back for professional training at a private company.
Paravinderjit is an expert in stealing bikes as he already had stolen a bike from his college in Gurdaspur and now when he was in the city, both Paraminder and Parvinderjit decided to steal bikes to meet their expenses.
“They used to roam around PAU campus, where bikes are parked in open areas. They took the help of duplicate keys to steal bikes from PAU,” told Lakhwinder Masih, investigating officer.
It is pertinent to mention here that these bike thieves were arrested with the intelligence of a group of friends of Gujjarwal village. The accused had sold a Splender bike to Harmajit Singh Grewal of Gujjarwal village, without complete documents, through OLX. And when the accused uploaded an advertisement of another bike, Harmanjit and his friend identified them and planned to trap them.
Haramjit’s friend became a fake buyer and called the accused. Their meeting was planned on PAU campus. Harmanjit and his friends has already informed the police, which arrested the duo from the meeting venue.
A case has been arrested against the accused under Sections 379 (punishment for theft) and 411 (dishonestly receiving stolen property) of the IPC. Accused have been sent on judicial remand.