Graveyard of vehicles worth crores of takas
Published: 18:04 11 August 2022 Updated: 18:05 11 August 2022
Inside Jashore’s Benapole and Sharsha police stations, hundreds of motorcycles and private cars of various types of vehicles are being damaged in the open due to carelessness; Photo: Daily Bangladesh
Inside Jashore’s Benapole and Sharsha police stations, hundreds of motorcycles and private cars of various types of vehicles are being damaged in the open due to carelessness, neglect and lack of proper maintenance, thus, these have become graveyards of vehicles.
The parts of these vehicles are rusting due to sun, rain and dust piles. Due to the complexity of the case, these vehicles have lost their ability to move for a long time.
Police, BGB and Customs recovered motorcycles, trucks, buses, private cars, CNG-powered auto-rickshaws, microbuses, etc. on various charges including theft, road accidents, stolen goods, and carrying drugs. After recovery, these vehicles are left unattended in the police station till the case is settled. At some point, they become unusable.
Basically, the vehicles recovered at the police station are damaged due to three reasons — the owner never come to collect the car, not being able to sell these vehicles at auction without court instructions, and the police station authorities also do not inform the court about the seized vehicles.
It is learned that various vehicles are damaged in the sun and rain inside Benapole Port Police Station and Sharsha Police Station as evidence of cases and recovered in various crimes which have been lying like this under the open sky for years. There are hundreds of vehicles including motorcycles, private cars, autorickshaws, trucks, and bicycles.
Although these vehicles were recovered as evidence in the case, due to lack of maintenance, the valuable assets are being damaged. Many commented that the evidence of these vehicles is being destroyed.
Meanwhile, due to the delay in judicial proceedings, the recovered vehicles cannot be auctioned or handed over to the owners, the administration officials said.
The concerned persons say that even if the vehicles are lying on the police station premises for years due to the owner not coming, they cannot be sold due to “legal complications”. They have to be kept as evidence in the case.
Locals say that hundreds of vehicles are getting mixed with the ground after years of sun and rain. Many people will be able to buy these vehicles if they are sold through auction. We want these vehicles to be removed from here as soon as possible.
If the vehicles recovered in these police stations are kept under the shed in a specific place instead of leaving them in abandoned places, they will not get damaged in the long run. If not, there will be no way to understand which is active and which is inactive. “There will be nothing left except Chachis after losing the infrastructure,” the concerned say.
“Hundreds of cars are lying in the two police stations. If these cars are sold, the environment of the police station will be saved, and the government will get billions of takas in revenue,” said Md. Azim Uddin Gazi, general secretary of Benapole Transport Owners Association.
Advocate Mizanur Rahman said that vehicles recovered due to various reasons including stolen goods, carrying drugs, theft, and accidents are included in the seizure list. Then they go to the custody of the court. If the owner comes through the police station, it can be given to the owner on the order of the court. Basically, most of the time, the owner does not come. Even the police station authorities cannot remove them as proof of the case. “It is now necessary to think of a new method,” he added.
“Even though it has been damaged for a long time, we have nothing to do. The cars are evidence in various cases. There is nothing we can do unless the court gives directions. If there are no documents or if there is a court case, most of the owners do not communicate with the complexities of the settlement. As a result, the vehicles cannot be returned to owners due to the lack of court instructions,” said Kamal Hossain Bhuiyan, OC of Benapole Port Police Station.
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