Six bike-borne criminals attacked a truck driver and his aide with knives and pistols and looted Rs 22,000 in cash from them on Jamshedpur-Chandil stretch of the NH-33 in Seraikela-Kharsawan district, about 25km from the city, on Monday morning.
The criminals stabbed the driver, Srinivas Rao (50), in his stomach and shoulder and slashed his face, even as they let off his aide, Ramesh Babu (30), with minor injuries.
Rao and Babu were on their way to Andhra Pradesh with a consignment of wheat from Dehri-on-Sone in Bihar. The truck was passing through the stretch between Jamshedpur and Chandil around 5am when the youths riding on two bikes started chasing them. “When we stopped, they swooped on the truck and dragged us out. They snatched Rs 22,000 at gunpoint,” said Babu.
Babu later drove the truck to MGM hospital, from where Rao was referred to Tata Main Hospital in a serious condition.
Circle inspector of Chandil thana Rajiv Singh said they were trying to locate the place of occurrence. “Babu is helping us to locate the place,” Singh, who is also the officer-in-charge of the Chandil police station, said.
According to Singh, the police patrol the stretch regularly from midnight to 4.30am and this incident took place around 5am. “After 4.30am, vehicle movement becomes normal. Who knew that criminals would strike after the daybreak?” he asked.