Nov. 20: CID sleuths are on the lookout for the kingpin of an inter-state racket that is behind the theft of several trucks from the city after drugging the drivers.
A CID official said during interrogation, three members of the racket named Salim as the kingpin of their gang who is at present believed to be hiding in the city.
“Raids are being conducted on his possible hideouts but we are yet to achieve a breakthrough,” he said.
A team of CID officials arrested the three accused identified as Md Momtaz, 25, Md Bablu, 19, and Md Saijuddin Ali, 22, from Beharbari on November 15 and seized a 12-wheeler truck (registration number OR-23 D-3371) they had stolen on November 13.
“Momtaz who is from Samastipur in Bihar, was involved in several car thefts in Bengal and Uttar Pradesh besides Assam,” the source said. Md Bablu is from Muzaffarpur district in Bihar and Md Saijuddin Ali from Chaygaon of Kamrup district.
“The three accused were looking for a customer to sell the stolen truck when one of our sources was tipped off,” he said. Acting on the tip-off, CID officials laid a trap and sent a decoy customer to them.
“The three met the decoy customer at Beharbari and agreed to sell the truck for Rs 3 lakh when they were arrested,” he said.
During interrogation, they told the CID officials that they along with Salim and two others, whom they did not know, drugged truck driver Dayamoy Singh, 53, and helper Shyam Kumar Sinha, 23, somewhere in the 12th Mile area in Meghalaya. Later, they dumped Singh at Amingaon and the helper at Kamalpur in Kamrup district.
Singh is from Tripura and Sinha is from Karimganj.
“After we recovered the sto-len truck, we contacted the driver and the helper and re-corded their statements on November 16,” the source said.
The three are in judicial custody. A case (number 90/12) has been registered against them at CID police station under Section 379 IPC (theft).
“As the driver and the helper told us that they were drugged at gunpoint, we will also add Section 395 IPC for dacoity,” the source said. “We hope to solve many vehicle theft cases if we can apprehend Salim and two of his unidentified associates.”