Cops have launched intense combing for mysterious ‘Ghost Rider’ biker gang but couldn’t stop the rowdy bikers from allegedly targeting another motorcycle for a second consecutive day.
A Bajaj Pulsar motorcycle was found burnt near Vastrapur railway station in Vejalpur in the wee hours of Friday. The bike belongs to one Amit Chauhan, who is a resident of Abhinandan Society near the railway station. He runs a betel shop in Anandnagar.
After finishing work on Thursday, Chauhan parked his bike near his society at about 9pm. “I found battery cover of the bike and parts of the seat charred when I was leaving for my shop on Friday,” said Chauhan, who immediately reported the incident with Anandnagar police.
After primary investigations, Anandnagar police called experts with Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) to examine the motorcycle. They suspect malfunctioning of the battery as reason for the fire. “A short circuit in the battery caused the fire as only some parts of the side cover and seat are charred. It may not be handiwork of the biker gang,” said AJ Bhagora, senior police inspector with Anandnagar.
Chauhan, however, is still suspicious as batteries rarely malfunction in idle condition. “I checked with the service station. They said that batteries cannot catch fire in idle state. I suspect involvement of the gang,” he said.
Cops, meanwhile, have increased patrolling at night after 12 bikes were set ablaze by a bunch of bikers in wee hours of Thursday morning. All police stations in western Ahmedabad have launched intense combing to curb such menace but are yet to find any suspected members. Cops were on their toes till 5am on Friday. They are yet to find any clues in the matter from CCTV footage of Fern and Cambay hotels in Sola. According to police, no suspicious activity or person is visible in the footage.
Three youngsters, however, were arrested from Commerce Six Roads at 2am on Friday for speeding on their motorcycles and hooting simultaneously to scare commuters. Navrangpura police have detained motorcycles of Sandip Modi, Abid Ahmed and Haji Mohammed which will be released after they have paid a fine.