Deluding a truck driver by saying that the sacks loaded in his truck were falling of the vehicle, a couple of unidentified youths decamped with the goods carrier when the driver stopped to see what was wrong.
The incident occurred near Sarhali in Tarn Taran on Saturday night. The Tarn Taran Police have booked two unidentified youth in this regard under section 382 IPC, but no arrests have yet been made, claims Kamal Sharma, the owner of the truck.
The moment the driver, identified as Joginder Singh, a resident of village Mudhal, got down to see what had happened, the accused overpowered him, bashed him up and tied him to the backseat of the truck and absconded with the truck. They tied him to a pole at village Kairon in Patti. The truck was recovered from village Mianwind on Sunday in a rickety condition.
Giving details, Kamal Sharma, owner of the transport company for which Joginder Singh works as a driver, said that on Saturday evening he had flagged off the truck after getting it fully loaded with 357 sacks of basmati, at 7:30 PM. He added that near Sarhali, two unidentified motorcycle-borne youth accosted Joginder Singh, saying that the rope at the nether end of the truck had become loose and the sacks were falling off.
"Joginder Singh got down to see what had happened and was overpowered and beaten up by the accused, who tied him up and took him along with the truck," said Kamal Sharma. Sharma further said that at around 10:00 PM, the accused brought the driver to village Kairon in Patti, where they tied him up to a pole and absconded.
"The driver somehow managed to free himself and apprised me of the entire matter. I contacted the Sarhali police immediately. A case has been registered against the unidentified accused under section 382 IPC, but no further action has taken place," Sharma maintained. He said that he had received information that his truck was parked in the fields in village Mianwind.
"The truck has been retrieved but the accused took away the 357 sacks of basmati, tyres, seats and other accessories. I urge the cops to act and arrest the accused at the earliest and retrieve the stolen goods," Sharma said.
When contacted, Tarn Taran SSP Manmohan Kumar Sharma, said that the matter was being investigated. He added that accused were most likely associated with a gang, some of whose members were arrested a recently in a similar case.