Auction of seized vehicles in police stations to raise fund for flood relief

K. K. Sreeraj

Thrissur: An idea has been formed within the police force to put for auction the seized vehicles dumped in the police station yards in Kerala in order to raise fund for flood relief. The vehicles cost huge amounts of money and are being decayed due to rusting.

An average of 100 vehicles are rusting in each police station. At least 45,500 seized vehicles are kept in the 455 police stations in the state. Most of them have completed their court procedures. Even if Rs 5000 is estimated for one vehicle, around Rs 22 crore can be earned in total.

The seized vehicles range from bikes to national permit lorries. They are usually put for auction only when the court interferes. Also people hesitate to bid for the vehicles in auction due to the problems in fixing the price.

This includes the vehicles involved in cases and found under suspicious circumstances. It is difficult to register case against the vehicles found under suspicious circumstances because they carry fake numbers. Original number and documents are required to register a case.

Since the documents are not found, the vehicles are not included in any records. The actual number of such automobiles can be found through a direct survey only. Their price is fixed by Assistant Motor Vehicle Inspectors based on the age of the vehicles.

However, they do not consider that these vehicles have spent years in open space in all weathers. Also the auctioneers tend to bid in groups to lower the price of the vehicles in some places. When 80 vehicles are put for auction, only four or five are sold out.

The seized automobiles occupy a major share of the space in police station compounds. When the station compound has no space, they are parked along the roadsides as well. The number of seized vehicles including lorries is rather high in stations near river banks. Also these vehicles become home to mosquitoes and rats in the long run.

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