Alert chowkidar (watchman) and sarpanch of Bhattian village helped police impound a truck loaded with “stolen” 195 Basmati bags weighing 35 kg, the estimated cost of which is approximately `5,48,800.
Senior superintendent of police (SSP) Gurpreet Singh Toor said police received an information in the wee hours on Saturday that the accused had stolen Basmati bags from a godown jointly rented by farmers at Focal Point in Bhattian village under Kahnuwan police station.
He said after loading stolen Basmati bags, the truck moved towards Nainokot village.
He said Kahnuwan station house officer, who was patrolling along with a team, chased the truck and impounded it with the stolen Basmati bags.
The SSP said the village chowkidar saw the accused loading the truck with the Basmati bags and immediately sounded sarpanch Randeep Singh who, in turn, reported the theft to the Kahnuwan SHO over phone.
Police have identified the accused as truck owner Joban Masih of Goht Pokhar under Tibber police station and Bhajja Masih of Abulkher under Dinanagar police station.
Taking the advantage of the darkness, the accused fled leaving behind their truck near Nainokot village, said the SSP.
The SSP said a case under sections 457 and 380 of the Indian Penal Code has been registered against the accused at the Kahnuwan police station and a manhunt had been launched to nab them.
The SSP said the main accused, Joban Masih, had already been involved in 16 cases registered at various police stations and was released on bail from the Gurdaspur central jail.