A container truck carrying components worth Rs 26 crore for Samsung mobile phones was allegedly intercepted by four armed assailants near Kalindi Kunj in Southeast Delhi and driven off to Etah. The assailants reportedly pulled the driver out, beat him up and drove off with the container. The incident reportedly took place in the early hours of Wednesday.
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Police said there were two containers transporting the imported components from the airport in Palam to a Samsung factory in Noida Phase II. One of the trucks was intercepted by a Santro car near Apollo Hospital in Sarita Vihar. Two armed assailants allegedly forced the truck to pull over, held the driver at gunpoint and snatched the keys from him. The other two assailants drove off in the Santro, police said.
Seeing that the container ahead has been hijacked, the driver of the second truck sped off, police said.
The assailants switched off the GPS system that is used to track the vehicle’s movement. The driver, an employee of a cargo service firm, then made a PCR call and informed the police about the incident.
Soon after the incident, the police traced the four assailants — identified as Promod, Promod, Vinod and Sarwesh — to Etah through technical surveillance. A special team was sent to Etah and the accused were apprehended.
The container that had components including integrated circuits, chips and motherboards worth Rs 26.1 crore to be used for phones worth Rs 250 crore was also recovered intact from Etah, sources said. The components had reportedly been flown in from a Samsung facility in South Korea for assembly and were being taken to the factory in Noida.
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During the questioning of the assailants, it was found that Promod, the alleged mastermind, is a former employee of the company which was transporting the cargo. The cargo company had reportedly been working for Samsung for the past two years.
According to sources, a former employee of the cargo company was aware of the delivery schedule of the Samsung components. He reportedly knew how to drive the containers and also knew the route that the containers take to reach the factory. “The accused, being experienced, intercepted the truck, got inside, turned off the GPS and fled,” a senior police officer said.
According to sources, the accused did not get enough time to open the container and sell off the goods. “When the container was recovered, all the components were found to be still packed in boxes,” police said. The police have registered a case in the matter and an investigation in on to find the motive behind the robbery.
Meanwhile, Samsung issued an official statement saying, “Samsung deeply appreciates the efforts of the police and government in this matter.”