For two highway robbers, their latest target landed them a booty that was fairest of them all -- a truckload of fairness cream worth around Rs. 40 lakh. The police on Tuesday arrested two men who were trying to sell the stolen cosmetics to a trader in Ghaziabad.
The police said the robbers used to fake incidents of road rage on highways, tie up their victims and make off with the vehicles and goods.
The accused, identified as Aslam and Javed, were carrying 161 cartons of a cosmetic cream, produced by a reputed brand. The police said the accused had robbed a truck driver of the consignment three days ago on the highway in Muzaffarnagar area, under Ramraj police station.
“The truck was coming from Uttarakhand. The driver was overpowered and robbed near Muzaffarnagar. A case of robbery was also registered,” said Salman Taj, superintendent of police (SP), Ghaziabad.
“During questioning, the accused said their gang used to fake incidents of road rage and get into an altercation with truck drivers. The gang would then overpower their victims, tie them up and escape with their vehicles. They would take the stolen vehicle to a different location and transfer the goods to another truck,” Taj said.
“We received a tip-off that the two of them were in Ghaziabad to sell the stolen goods at a cheaper price to a trader here. We were unable to find out who the buyer was and we are investigating their other contacts,” the SP said.
The police said that the duo worked with four others, identified as Suleman, Ismail, Israel and Rashid. The police said they are trying to track down all four members of the gang.
According to the police, Aslam revealed during questioning that the gang had made off with another truck carrying a consignment of detergent powder in Kanth, Moradabad, on February 13 using a similar modus operandi.
In another robbery in Babugarh, Hapur, the gang escaped with 1,500 cans of vegetable oil, the police said.
Aslam allegedly told the police that they purchased another truck for Rs. 2.8 lakh from Meerut three days ago to expand their operations.
The police said they are investigating the case from all aspects.