Acting on a tip-off from Bihar Police, the Madhya Pradesh Police recovered a looted consignment of cigarettes worth Rs 1.61 crore from Kaitha police station area in Ujjain district on Sunday and arrested two persons transporting it on a truck.
The cigarettes were looted by a gang on National Highway 31 under Akbarpur police station area in Bihar's Nawada district on December 18, the police said.
Nawada superintendent of police (SP) Parvez Akhtar said, "We had been investigating the case continuously and zeroed in on a gang of Kanjar tribesmen of Madhya Pradesh. It specialises in looting cigarettes and has committed similar crimes in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal."
"Our team has reached Madhya Pradesh to bring the arrested persons, recovered cigarette consignment and the seized truck to Bihar. This is a major success in breaking the gang," Akhtar added.
The gang had hijacked the truck ferrying the consignment from the manufacturer's Munger-based factory to Kolkata. They unloaded around 500 cartons of cigarettes somewhere in the district and abandoned the truck with its injured driver in Rajauli police station area of the district, the SP said.
Police officers said the gang quickly loaded the robbed cigarettes cartons on another truck, crossed the Bihar border, sped across Jharkhand and went to Madhya Pradesh.