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Gang hijacks truck on TN border, decamps with phones worth Rs 6 cr

A container from Sriperumbudur, loaded with mobile phones worth Rs 12 crore, was allegedly hijacked on Tamil Nadu-Andhra Pradesh border near Nagari late on Tuesday night by an armed gang.

Gang hijacks truck on TN border, decamps with phones worth Rs 6 cr


The gang allegedly took away cell phones, a popular Chinese brand, worth over Rs 6 crore in another truck leaving behind the driver tied up on the road and container abandoned in another place.

The hijackers allegedly staged an accident drama to make Irfan, the driver of the container truck, stop his vehicle. They assaulted Irfan and tied his hands behind and dumped him on the highway before fleeing with the truck. Irfan, with the help of locals, approached Nagari police and lodged a complaint.

Police said the container left Sriperumbudur on Tuesday evening to deliver the load at a stock point in Mumbai. The gang took the container to Puttur and took away eight of the total 16 boxes it carried. It was estimated that there were around 7,500 phones in those boxes. Police believe the hijackers could not take away all the boxes because they had a smaller vehicle.

The police have formed special teams to hunt down the criminals and had been browsing through available CCTV footages. The company representatives had also met the police to give details of the consignment.

Police believe the gang must have had prior knowledge of the consignment and ruled out the possibility of random hijack. They would also probe the possible insider’s hand in the crime.

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