Krishnagar, May 25: As many as six vehicles were waylaid on a Nadia road by 30 robbers who attacked their occupants with choppers and axes, injuring four.
The robbers, who had blocked the road with tree trunks, attacked the drivers and helpers of the vehicles — four lorries and a cycle van — carrying mangoes and vegetables from Krishnagar to a market in Majdia. Money, cellphones and wristwatches were snatched. The driver of an SUV was also attacked.
The victims, perplexed to find the road blocked at night, had got out of their vehicles when they were attacked by the robbers, who were hiding behind trees lining the road.
The robbers also used axe handles to beat up the victims.
Four people — Sukhen Mondal, 30, a vegetable trader, Jatin Daradi, 55, a mango trader, Abhi Adhikari, 15, the helper of a lorry, and Biswajit Biswas, 32, the cycle van-puller — were injured. They were admitted to the Shaktinagar district hospital in Krishnagar.
A doctor at the hospital said Sukhen received seven stitches on the head. Jatin received 12 on the head and the shoulders. Abhi got eight stitches on his shoulders and right hand.
Biswajit, who was attacked with the axe handle, was left with both hands fractured.
The dacoits escaped after residents from nearby Chowgachha village, alerted by the victims screams for help, arrived at the spot.