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Tea vendor & mechanic arrested for owning a BMW 3-Series luxury sedan allegedly bought from extortion money

A tea vendor and a car mechanic were arrested by the Gujarat police for owning a BMW 3-Series luxury sedan allegedly bought through extortion money. Said to be worth Rs. 40 lakh, the expensive BMW 3-Series luxury sedan has also been seized by police officials. The two accused are Arif Ghanchi, 27, who works as a car mechanic and Yusuf Ghanchi, 36, who works as a tea vendor.

Tea vendor & mechanic arrested for owning a BMW 3-Series luxury sedan allegedly bought from extortion money

How did the cops zero in on the accused?

Recently, a complaint of extortion was filed against Arif Ghanchi and Yusuf Ghanchi by a trader in Ahmedabad. Upon investigation, Gujarat police officials found that the duo had recently purchased a BMW 3-Series luxury sedan, and were seen driving around in the car. The police officials were surprised to see a tea vendor and car mechanic owning such an expensive car, leading them to apprehend the accused for questioning.

Meanwhile, here’s what Premsukh Delu, the deputy commissioner of Gujarat police representing Zone-7 had to say about the arrests.

Yusuf runs a tea stall and Arif works at an automobile garage. With such profiles, it is unlikely that they could buy such high-end cars. 

The duo are said to have extorted Rs. 31.5 lakh from a businessman in Gujarat by threatening to get false police cases foisted on him. The accused are said to have extorted large sums of money from many other businessmen operating in Ahmedabad.

Is the seized car really worth Rs. 40 lakh?

While it’s true that a brand new BMW 3-Series luxury sedan costs upwards of Rs. 40 lakh to acquire in most parts of India, the car that has been seized from the accused seems like the previous generation BMW 3-Series sedan. Such examples can be bought for as little as Rs. 3-4 lakh in the used luxury car market, especially in the Delhi NCR region. Even in other parts of India, it’s not uncommon for older BMW 3-Series luxury sedans to sell for under Rs. 10 lakh. So, it’s unlikely that the accused actually paid the full amount of over Rs. 40 lakh to acquire the luxury sedan.

A note about the BMW 3-Series luxury sedan

Tea vendor & mechanic arrested for owning a BMW 3-Series luxury sedan allegedly bought from extortion money

BMW India sells the 7th generation G20 3-Series luxury sedan with turbocharged petrol and diesel engines. Prices of the car start from over Rs. 40 lakh, with on road prices topping the Rs. 50 lakh mark across India. The 3-Series luxury sedan is assembled in BMW India’s Chennai factory from completely knocked down (CKD) kits imported from Germany. One of the most popular cars sold by BMW in India, the 3-Series sedan is known for effortlessly mixing thrilling performance with great comfort and a solid build.