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Cigarettes worth ₹18 crore stolen by Pune truck driver

A case under sections 420 and 408 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) was filed at the Ranjangaon MIDC police station under the rural police jurisdiction.

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HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times, Pune
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The case was filed by Manoj Ramavat Mishra (48), who owns a transport business and is a resident of Wadgaon Sheri in Pune.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

A truck driver was booked by the Pune rural police on Sunday for stealing a truck full of cigarette boxes worth over ₹18.5 crore.

A case under sections 420 and 408 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) was filed at the Ranjangaon MIDC police station under the rural police jurisdiction.

The case was filed by Manoj Ramavat Mishra (48), who owns a transport business and is a resident of Wadgaon Sheri in Pune.

The driver was identified as Kamal Shami Ahmed, who is a resident of Navranga Compound area in Dharavi, Mumbai, according to the Ranjangaon MIDC police.

The incident happened between 4:45 pm on September 7 to 8 am on September 8. The 10-wheeler truck with 685 boxes of cigarettes was to reach Ambarnath region of Thane, according to police naik Amol Chavan.

The owner of the transport business said that the truck was fitted with a GPS, which tracks the location of all the trucks in his agency. When Ahmed's truck did not reach the destination at the given time, he tried to call him only to realise that his phone was switched off. The GPS location showed that the truck travelled till Wadgaon Maval after which it returned to Ranjangaon, according to the police. The GPS on the truck with registration number MH 12 HD 6008, owned by G-Com Logistics Private Limited, was then turned off.

The case, registered on Saturday morning, is being investigated by police inspector Amarnath Waghmode.

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