Have you ever wondered what happens to the vehicles seized by the police used in criminal activities like kidnapping, thefts, or robbery? Or the vehicles involved in accidents? The nearby police station confiscates them, but what happens after that? 

Vehicles Have Abandonment Issues Too!

The vehicle is supposed to remain in police custody until the court issues any release order. However, a general trend has been observed over the years. The automobiles involved in some of the most heinous crimes are not taken back by the legal heirs despite the judgment.

And sometimes, the court hearings can continue for years. In those cases, the police have no choice but to overburden the already strained police stations with these vehicles. 

Kerala police stations overburdened with confiscated vehicles

It is no less than a common sight to see these abandoned motors gathering dust and gauging up the limited space in front of these stations. Then there is also the fear of spare parts getting pilfered.

What an irony right, things, getting stolen away right under the nose of the police! Well, who can you blame?

Although they are allowed to auction these vehicles, auction comes with its own legal pest, which many are not really eager to pick. Moreover, it is difficult to find buyers for the vehicles which have a troubled past.

Organic Is The New OG 

Kerala, amid this pandemic, came up with the most effective antidote ever. They started growing organic vegetables in them. According to the sources, this initiative was started by police personnel at Thrissur district’s Cheruthuruthy. 

The primary architect of the project is one of the civil police officers, Rangaraj, who takes care of most of the project, as per a report published in The News Minute. He also happens to be a farmer and is happy to put his pre-acquired knowledge into such a noble venture. 

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There is also constant support of all other officers of the station, who help Rangaraj to execute the entire process. 

How Did It All Start?

They had confiscated a few mini lorries from illegal dealings of sand and soil smuggling. It was during the lockdown that they decided to put these vehicles to some use. Cultivating vegetables seemed the most viable and time-appropriate decision at that time. 

Organic farming in the stranded vehicles in Cheruthuruthy police station

They got success at once as they were able to harvest their first batch of sowings this September. They gave the entire harvest to the police kitchen. 

Future Plans

Since their little pilot project bore great fruits for its share of creativity and hard work, they have something bigger in mind now. The police station has decided to put more vehicles into farming and cultivation.

In the first round, it was just okra, spinach, and long beans. As it turned out fine, they are planning on increasing the variety of the yield. 

In times like this, when there is already so much burden over the present administration, we need to appreciate these local ventures that are at least trying to ease the center’s buckle under strain. And obviously promoting our ‘aatmanirbharata’!

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Sources: News18, The Times Of India, Twitter

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