In Delhi’s biggest heist so far, armed robbers took off with a container truck carrying imported integrated circuits of Samsung mobile phones worth Rs 25 crore in Kalandi Kunj early on Wednesday morning.
The truck was moving from IGI airport to the South Korean electronic giant’s mobile manufacturing-cum-assembling unit in Noida when the robbers struck. An FIR has been registered and three persons detained.
“We are close to solving the case and hope to recover all the goods,” said deputy commissioner of police (southeast) Mandeep Singh Randhawa. Police are also looking into the role of an ‘insider’.
This is the second robbery involving Samsung in four months. In December, armed men had struck in Noida and taken away electronic goods worth crores. The Noida Police are yet to make any headway, sources said.
The Capital, too, has seen several instances of armed men stopping transport vehicles usually carrying large amounts of cash.
In January 2014, a businessman’s associates were robbed at gunpoint of Rs 8 crore in Lajpat Nagar while in September 2012, five men looted Rs 25 crore from an ATM cash replenishment van in Defence Colony and gunned down a guard.
A senior officer said the truck seized on Wednesday was found abandoned in Hathras, Uttar Pradesh, a day later. It belongs to a transport company frequently used by Samsung to ferry its goods from the airport to its Noida unit.
“As the truck took a turn for the Kalindi Kunj-Noida road at around 1am, a white Hyundai i10 stopped in front of it, forcing it to stop. Two armed men thrashed the driver, threw him out and drove away,” the officer said, adding that they took away his mobile too.
The driver waited for a second truck carrying similar company goods that was following his truck and called the police control room.