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Bus looted by highway robbers in Assam

At least two people are injured as a group of gunmen loot bus passengers on a highway in Assam.
IANS | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 23, 2007 05:18 AM IST

At least two people were injured when a group of gunmen looted bus passengers on a highway in Assam and later drove away with the vehicle, leaving all the travellers stranded on the road, officials said Sunday.

A police spokesman said the highway robbery took place late Saturday at Kanchanjuri near the Kaziranga National Park in Assam, about 200 km east of Guwahati. The bus with 30 passengers was travelling from Imphal to Guwahati.

"A group of six men who boarded the bus in Dimapur in Nagaland brandished pistols, revolvers and daggers, and started looting cash and other valuables from the passengers. When the bus reached Kanchanjuri, the robbers asked the driver to stop and forced all the passengers to get down," a police official said.

A passenger and the driver who resisted the robbers were injured after they were attacked with daggers.

"According to rough estimates, the robbers managed to loot cash worth about Rs. 180,000, besides jewellery and other valuables from the passengers," the official said.

The group then drove the bus for about 45 km and later left the vehicle near Ambagan in Sonitpur district of Assam.

"Some stranded passengers in the middle of the night reached the nearest police station in Jakhalabandha and reported the incident. Police later made alternative arrangements to transport the passengers to Guwahati," the official said.

A hunt is on to nab the highway robbers, he added.

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