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Kashmir journalist fights car thieves online

Faisul Yaseen

Srinagar, September 04, 2007:

A journalist from Indian administered Kashmir is fighting vehicle thieves through the cyber world.

The theft of vehicles in Indian administered Kashmir is showing an upward trend with the State Police failing to bring the graph down while vehicle thieves easily transport stolen cars across State’s border in Lakhapur to different Indian States.

A journalist from the region, Sant Khumar Sharma has stepped in to help arrest this trend. Sharma, who is working as senior news editor with a Hindi newspaper ‘Naidunia’ in Indore is developing a website aimed at catching the vehicle thieves throughout India.

The website (www.stolenvehilcesindia.com) is first of its kind in India, Sharma told Kashmir Newz during a promotion campaign of his portal in the State’s winter capital Jammu.

“It took me 18 months or so, to conceptualised the website, which is aimed at catching vehicle thieves,” he said.

Sharma who has worked with Star News, Dainik Bhaskar and a number of other top Indian media organisations in the past said that his website has a database of phone numbers of over 12,000 police stations across India. “I dare say there is no comparative website in the entire India,” he said.

The website also has the database of the phone numbers of Regional Transport Officers and Assistant Regional Transport Officers of almost all Indian states.

Sharma said that he visited Srinagar and met the Director General of Jammu and Kashmir Police Kuldeep Khoda who promised support to his website effort.

Khoda has directed his men to have a look at the website and make all possible use of it. Besides, he has also promised to support its implementation.

“I also met the Director General of Transport of the State, P S Gill and informed him about the website. He immediately ordered all the RTOs and ARTOs to make all the information available to them on the website,” he said.

In the days to come, Sharma is aiming of getting data regarding all vehicles registered in J&K and a host of other data available with the transport authorities for posting on the website.

“We will also have access to all data pertaining to vehicles lying in police stations all over the state, which we will post on the Internet,” he said.

“Inspector General of Police Kashmir, S M Sahai, has also promised support to help curb this menace of car thefts in the region,” Sharma said.



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