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Five held for role in truck hijack

Dec. 23: Five persons, including a CID constable and a businessman, were arrested by city police today on charges of hijacking a truck carrying 20 tonnes of iron rods.

The police seized the truck from a hideout and recovered the stolen consignments from three godowns.

A police official told this correspondent that four persons, including CID constable Sadek Ali, were members of a gang that waylaid a truck near Sarusajai Sports Complex on NH 37 on the night of November 26 and hijacked it.

Ali, a resident of Satgaon, is posted at CID headquarters in Ulubari.

The businessman, Alen Ahmed, was arrested as he had bought the rods from the gang. Ahmed, 48, a resident of Survey in Beltola, is associated with construction sector.

A police source said: “We are trying to find how the iron rods reached the three godowns.”

“The CID constable was involved with the gang and according to our investigations he used to help the gang to sell off stolen iron rods to traders in the city. It is so unfortunate that a CID constable whose job is to bust crime is involved in a criminal act,” a police officer said.

The other arrested persons have been identified as Tahidur Rahman, 22 of Chaigaon, Ram Narayan Ray, 45, of Natun Bazar in Basistha and Wahidur Rahman of Boko.

The arrests were made following investigations into a case (769/12), registered with Basistha police station on November 27 by a businessman from Nagaon. The businessman, Amir Ahmed Khan, who is also the owner of the truck, in his FIR complained that a gang of four to five persons had waylaid the truck to a hideout at Nalapara near the Sarusajai Sports Complex on NH 37.

“The iron rods were loaded in a truck (AS-01DC 0465) at Amingaon and it was heading for Nagaon. But around 11pm, four to five persons stopped the truck and hijacked it near Sarusajai Sports Complex. They released the driver around 4am at Nalapara,” the FIR said.

Sources said based on the FIR, a case was registered under Section 392 IPC and city police and its crime branch have launched an investigation .

The stolen iron rods cost are worth an estimated Rs 10 lakh. The police produced the five arrested persons in a local court and took them to five-day custody for a thorough investigation.


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