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Punjab trucker goes missing

Dhubri, Dec. 16: A truck driver from Punjab, who entered Assam through Chagolia inter-state check-gate in the district on November 23, has gone missing.

The family of Gurpinder Singh Pinda, 23, of Kotliadhiya village under Gurdaspur, arrived in Dhubri yesterday to look for him.

The truck (PB 02/AW 8188), carrying bicycle parts had left Ludhiana for Golaghat on November 14. It was found near Kumbhirkata under Tamalpur police station of Baksa district, said Gurpinder’s eldest brother, Manjinder Singh Pinda, who came to Assam after getting a phone call from Kumbhirkata on December 2.

“We found the truck but police could not give any information on Gurpinder. We have been running from pillar to post to find the whereabouts of my brother since December 6,” Manjinder said.

Manjinder distributed photos of his brother and sought people’s help in locating him but till now all his efforts have proved futile.

According to the police, nearly 19 cases of truck robberies have been registered in different police stations of Dhubri, Goalpara, Bongaigaon, Barpeta and Nalbari districts since last year.

Four bodies of truck drivers were recovered from Dhubri district in the past three months and five truck robberies and drivers’ missing cases have been lodged in the past six months, a senior police official of Dhubri said.

A racket run by a man known as “Babu” of Goalpara district, who is the kingpin, is still at large, he said.

He said Dhubri police arrested four robbers, involved in stealing a truck and rescued its driver, Ajay Yadav of Malda, Bengal, on November 25. The robbers operate from Bengal to Nagaland. They sell trucks stolen from lower Assam districts in Dimapur, he added.