The Assam Police arrested six miscreants who chased and tried to stop the official vehicle of Arunachal Pradesh governor JP Rajkhowa’s wife, around 30 km east of Guwahati.
Police said they were bandits, prompting Rajkhowa to seek regular patrolling to prevent highway robbery.
Three of the miscreants were from Uttar Pradesh while the other three, including the owner of the Swift Dzire car they used, were from Guwahati.
“The incident took place at Sonapur on Sunday when Rita Rajkhowa, the governor’s wife, was travelling in a Raj Bhavan car from Guwahati to Itanagar (Arunachal Pradesh capital). A personal security officer had accompanied her,” a senior police officer said.
“The governor’s wife almost stopped the first time the Dzire overtook her vehicle and waved to her driver to stop. The Dzire overtook and tried to stop her vehicle twice more before they reached Jagiroad town where they informed the police,” he said.
From Nellie further east, the governor’s wife was provided an escort up to Itanagar.
During the chase, Rita kept her husband updated. The governor informed top police officials of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.
A Raj Bhavan statement from Itanagar said: “The governor suggested that the Assam Police immediately set in motion the system of highway police patrolling on a regular basis. He appealed to passengers travelling in trains to be careful as gangs of thieves and robbers may commit crimes.”
Police are questioning the six miscreants for more information about a possible network of inter-state highway robbers.