The top 10 list of the most prolific car thieves in India includes the country’s top ten car theft offenders and three of its top five car thieves.
A weekly roundup of car theft cases in the country, conducted by a research group, The Hindustan Times, reveals that a total of 857 cars were stolen in 2016, with over 100 stolen in the month of December alone.
The figures are based on data collected from the police and the National Crime Records Bureau.
The top 10 criminals include the three most wanted criminals in the state of Gujarat, who are all from Uttar Pradesh.
The others are from Uttarakh, Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh.
One of the three accused is a senior leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Rajesh Yadav, whose home is located in the city of Agra.
Yadav was a leader of a violent gang called The Kumbha Gang that was involved in the murder of a businessman and the rape of a woman in 2007.
The gang was active from 2009 to 2014.
Two other top accused are from the state-owned Indian Railways.
One is a leader who is currently serving a life sentence in prison in Madhya Singh jail, and the other is an accused in a murder case in Agra’s Jagdalpur area.
The gang leader is identified as Puneet Singh.
A senior member of the gang, named Manoj Kumar, is serving a seven-year prison term in a separate case.
The two accused have been convicted for their roles in the 2007 murder of Mohsin Khan, a businessman.
In 2009, Yadav had also been sentenced to life imprisonment.
The second most wanted car thief, Pankaj Singh, is from Agra, the home of the Congress party.
Pankj Singh was a top leader in the Madhya Ram Janmabhoomi (MRJ), an armed faction that had an operational presence in the town of Agrakot.
In 2013, he was convicted in a case of murder, rape and theft.
The third most wanted is Jagdish Gajwani, who is from the district of Madhya Pariwar in Uttarakh.
In 2008, Gajwat was sentenced to a life term in jail in a similar case.