Gold and silver jewelleries worth around Rs 5 crore were looted from a truck belonging to an angadia (courier) firm late on Friday night in Ahmedabad district. Five unidentified people are said to be behind the robbery, one of them was wearing police uniform. Within 24 hours of the incident, the police cracked the loot case and arrested the main accused. He was arrested from an undisclosed place.
The incident took place at Adroda crossroads on Bagodara-Bavla highway in Ahmedabad rural police limit when the mini truck, carrying valuables, including gold and silver from Ahmedabad to Rajkot, was intercepted at the highway.
Police said that apart from a driver identified as Dinesh Parmar, a resident of Rajkot there were two security guards – Bhupendra Singh Bhadoria, resident of Bapunagar and Jitendra Singh Chauhan, resident of Soni ni Chali, Ahmedabad were also travelling in the truck.
According to the FIR, at Adroda crossroads a man in police uniform was standing, holding a stick made of plastic, while four men were seated in a white car on the roadside. The FIR says that the man in uniform stopped the truck and forced the driver to get down. The driver was pushed into the white car which drove him away from the scene to Bhayla village near Bagodara.
The FIR mentions that the two security guards were forced to remain seated on gun point and were taken along with the truck towards Bhyla village where they transferred cartons of gold and silver plates from the truck to the white car and zoomed off. According to the FIR, 27 such cartons of gold jewelleries worth Rs 5 crore were robbed, while the total value of the jewelleries are said to be over Rs 20 crore. The accused also took away guns from the possession of the two security guards.
Superintendent of police, Ahmedabad district, Nirlipt Rai said, “The owner of Angadia firm Ishwar Bechar found through the GPS system fitted in the truck that the vehicle was not moving at an isolated place. It was when he contacted the driver, and upon failing to contact him, he rang up the police.”
“He called up the police which reached the spot in a short time, giving the robbers only time enough to take away 27 cartons, which carried valuables worth Rs 5 crore,” said Rai. He said that five teams of Special Operations Group, Local Crime Branch and Rural Police have been formed to trace the robbers. Rai said that in 2013 another angadia truck belonging to the same carrier was robbed of jewelleries worth around Rs 25 crore near the same spot which was traced in Mehsana and Banaskantha through a combined operation. Rai confirmed the arrest of one of the accused but refused to divulge further.