Bhopal, Aug 22 (UNI) Thirteen people were today arrested and 23 vehicles worth Rs 8.5 lakh seized from Balaghat district of Madhya Pradesh, police said.
Those arrested include eight people who had purchased stolen motorcycles.
SP Harinarayan Chari Mishra said special team had been constituted to tackle the increasing number of vehicles thefts.
The police team included Additional SP Pankaj Srivastava, City SP Shivkumar Verma, Kotwari inspector R K Rai and constables Ajay Akela, Mahendra, Vinod and Lakshmi.
Vivek (21), an engineering student from Vidisha, is chieftain of vehicle-lifters gang.
Interrogation revealed that the culprits used to lift vehciles from Bhopal, Vidisha, Sehore, Balaghat and Maharashtra's Gondia.
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