Cigarettes worth Rs 3 crore recovered, 1 held
Following an armed robbery on the night of May 23 when six car-borne robbers had abducted and robbed a truck laden with cigarettes worth nearly Rs 6 crore at Bhojpur, the Ghaziabad police on Thursday arrested one person and also recovered cigarette cartons worth Rs 3.42 crore from his possession.noida Updated: Jun 03, 2016 11:54 IST
Following an armed robbery on the night of May 23 when six car-borne robbers had abducted and robbed a truck laden with cigarettes worth nearly Rs6 crore at Bhojpur, the Ghaziabad police on Thursday arrested one person and also recovered cigarette cartons worth Rs3.42 crore from his possession.
The accused was identified as Anil Karira, who hails from Agra. He had received the robbed material for further sales from the gang of six robbers.
“Following the incident, we roped in local intelligence and electronic surveillance. We came to know that Karira was selling branded cigarettes in Agra at a low price and had sizeable stock with him. He was arrested from Bhojpur in Ghaziabad after he arrived to pick up some more stock,” said Rakesh Kumar Pandey, superintendent of police.
On the night of May 23, six men in a Tata Safari overtook the truck, which was coming from Saharanpur to a company’s stockyard at Dasna in Ghaziabad. The robbery took place near Bhojpur in Ghaziabad.
“Following the abduction, the truck was taken towards Mathura and driver Raj Singh was injected with a sedative. Nearly 8-10 hours after the incident, the unconscious driver and the empty truck was recovered from Jait area in Mathura. The accused had unloaded all the 665 cartons and taken them away in mini trucks. A sizeable amount of stock was handed to Karira for further sales. He was supposed to hand over the proceedings to the robbers,” Pandey said.
According to the police, the gang had full information about the truck.
“A carton values around Rs90,000 in the market. We recovered 380 cartons worth nearly Rs3.42 crore. We suspect that the remaining stock was transported to some other persons in Mumbai. Our teams have got vital clues from Karira and the robbers will be nabbed soon. We suspect that the gang hails from outside Ghaziabad district,” Pandey said.
Following the arrest, the police also included Section 412 (dishonestly receiving property stolen in the commission of a dacoity) of the IPC in their FIR.