Delhi Police Nabs "India's Biggest Car Thief"

According to the police, the accused Anil (52) had a lavish lifestyle, with properties in Delhi, Mumbai and the North East.
"India's biggest car thief", Anil Chauhan under Delhi Police net
"India's biggest car thief", Anil Chauhan under Delhi Police net

The Delhi Police on Tuesday arrested "India's biggest car thief", Anil Chauhan who has been accused of stealing more than 5,000 cars from different parts of the country.

According to the police, the accused Anil (52) had a lavish lifestyle, with properties in Delhi, Mumbai and the North East.

Police also claimed that Anil is the biggest car thief in the country, and has allegedly stolen more than 5,000 cars in the last 27 years.

Acting on specific inputs, the Special Staff of Central Delhi Police apprehended Anil from the Desh Bandhu Gupta Road.

The police also said that Anil is currently involved in smuggling arms. He was allegedly carrying arms from Uttar Pradesh and supplying them to banned organisations in the North Eastern states.

Anil used to drive autorickshaws while staying in the Khanpur area of Delhi, and started stealing cars after 1995. He stole Maruti 800 cars during that period.

Anil Chauhan also used to steal cars in different parts of the country and sent them to Nepal, Jammu and Kashmir, and North Eastern states. He also killed some taxi drivers during theft, police said.

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He eventually moved to Assam and started living there.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) had also registered a money laundering case against him.

Anil was arrested several times, once with a Congress MLA by the Assam Police in 2015 after which he remained in jail for five years and was released in 2020. There are 180 cases registered against him.

Anil Chauhan was a Class-I contractor in Assam government. Later, the Enforcement Directorate raided his place and all his property was seized. Thereafter, the bank auctioned all his property and he again started committing thefts.

The accused was also notorious for smuggling of rhinoceros horn in the northeastern state.

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