Engine and parts sold by police illegally
Zahid Hossain Biplob: A large number of confiscated vehicles across the country are gathering dust and rust in different police stations or roads in front of them for years together, becoming eyesores.
Sources said seized cars, jeeps, buses, trucks, mini-trucks, tractors and motorcycles worth crores of Taka have been gathering rust and dust for years in the wait for claimants or disposal of cases.
Unable to provide neither requisite security cover nor proper documentation for such vehicles, some are even seen enveloped with creeper and other plants especially during monsoon.
The vehicles are not only allowed to get damaged but thieves remove costly engine and other spare parts including tires.
It is also alleged that a section of corrupt police personnel with the help of some car mechanics remove the engines and spare parts of the vehicles and sell those in the market without the knowledge of high officials.
The dismal situation, mainly attributed to procedural delay and litigation in settling the case, is causing huge loss in revenue to the country’s exchequer due to lack of a swift mechanism to speed up the auction procedures, a senior police official said while talking to Daily Industry.
Meanwhile, a top ranking official of the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) (See Page-11)
seeking anonymity said: These vehicles are rusting away after suffering years of neglect. If an auction is held, it would earn the government some cash.
“We have contacted authorities concerned several times for taking necessary steps regarding this matter.”
Officer-in-Charge (OC) of city’s Ramna Police Station Kazi Mainul Islam said, “Some of these vehicles had been seized as evidence of cases.
That’s why we do nothing about these vehicles without any directive from the court”.
“It often takes a long time to settle a case and there is no particular place to keep the vehicles in the police stations,” he added.
He also said “When we seize any stolen vehicle, at first we try to find out the owner of the vehicle. If we get the owner, then we hand the vehicle over to him/her through a court order.”
Addressing the matter, a senior advocate of Dhaka Bar said: “The sheer number of sized vehicles piling up has been a problem for years. The state is losing money because of it. Steps should be taken to resolve the cases faster.”
Echoing the opinion, former Dhaka Bar Association president Advocate Sanaullah Mia said: The existing law should be amended for curbing the loss of such public and government properties.
An official of Dhaka metropolitan police said seized vehicles used in offences like kidnapping, rape, thefts, vehicle thefts, chain- or cell phone-snatching and robbery. Vehicles involved in accidents are also impounded. At times, abandoned vehicles are shifted to police stations.
Sometimes, court releases the vehicles within no time. But in serious offences, vehicles remain in police stations for years. The owners or legal heirs of the persons involved at times do not take away their vehicles despite court judgment. This results in vehicles piling up at the police stations.
Talking about the deteriorating condition of the vehicles at the police stations, another police official said, “It is very difficult to take care of the seized vehicles during rainy season as there is no shade and other logistics to protect the vehicles.”
A judicial magistrate while contacted requesting not to disclose his identity said: We are aware that vehicles worth crores of taka are on the verge of being damaged beyond repair. However, these vehicles are evidence required for ongoing cases.
“We are bound by the law, and no immediate action can be taken to resolve this issue.”