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Rs. 1 Crore-Plus Land Rover Defender SEIZED And Collecting Dust: This Is Its Story

india's first seized land rover defender

The Land Rover Defender is currently one of the most hyped luxury SUVs in the country. A number of celebrities from Bollywood and influencers on social media own this SUV. However, this car has also become a favorite of people who earn their money with illegal ways. Recently, pictures of what most likely is the country’s first seized Land Rover Defender have been shared online. This particular SUV, for those who may not remember, was seized by Kolkata police after they arrested two brothers for running a scam call center.

 

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These pictures of the Land Rover Defender collecting dust have come courtesy of Car Crazy India from Instagram. In these pictures, a Defender finished in the shade of Hakuba Silver can be seen parked. It can be noted that its suspension is slowly sagging down due to the lack of maintenance.

Story behind this seized Land Rover Defender

Rs. 1 Crore-Plus Land Rover Defender SEIZED And Collecting Dust: This Is Its Story

As stated in the beginning, this particular Land Rover Defender used to belong to two brothers from Kolkata. These brothers, named Shashi Gaurav Soni and Saurabh Soni, bought this Defender with their ill-gotten money from their scam call centers.

The Soni brothers used to run multiple fraudulent call centers in the New Town and Salt Lake areas of Kolkata. These call centers were likely involved in scamming international and Indian individuals. From these innocent people, the employees of Soni brothers used to generate illicit income and fund their lavish lifestyle.

How were they caught?

Rs. 1 Crore-Plus Land Rover Defender SEIZED And Collecting Dust: This Is Its Story

A year ago, it was reported that the Bidhannagar police carried out a raid at the apartments owned by the two brothers. This raid was likely based on prior intelligence or suspicion of illegal activities taking place at these locations.

As per the reports, during these raids, the police discovered a significant amount of cash amounting to more than Rs 3.85 crore. The cash was hidden within plastic sheets in an attempt to conceal it from authorities. Apart from the cash, a revolver, bullets, a Land Rover Discovery Sport, and this particular Land Rover Defender were also seized.

Rs. 1 Crore-Plus Land Rover Defender SEIZED And Collecting Dust: This Is Its Story

Alongside the cash and vehicles, the police confiscated various other items as well. Reportedly, 11 watches, gold rings, and a cash counting machine were also seized. Additionally, the raid resulted in the seizure of over 400 computers used in the call centers operated by the brothers.

Land Rover Defender

The Land Rover Defender has become a dream SUV of many people in the country. The SUV boasts a massive road presence. And because of it, a number of celebrities from Bollywood have brought themselves this SUV. The most recent celebrity to buy a Defender is none other than Neha Kakkar.

She has become the first-ever singer in Bollywood to buy a brand-new Land Rover Defender. She has chosen the Defender 110 finished in the classy shade of Santorini Black. She has opted for the HSE petrol variant of this SUV.

Rs. 1 Crore-Plus Land Rover Defender SEIZED And Collecting Dust: This Is Its Story

The Land Rover Defender 110 HSE comes with two engine options. Of these two, the first is a 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder turbo petrol engine. Meanwhile, the other is a 3.0-liter, 6-cylinder mild-hybrid engine.

The former produces a maximum power of 296 bhp and 400 Nm of torque. On the other hand, the latter makes 394 bhp and 550 Nm of torque. Both cars get the same 8-speed automatic transmission.