A truck driver and three of his associates who had fled with Amazon goods worth Rs 1.64 crore were arrested by Kolar police in Karnataka Sunday. The arrested have been identified as Badrul Hak alias Vasi Ajay, a native of Assam who was the driver of the truck, Abhinath and Abdul Hussain, who are also from Assam, and Bengaluru resident Pradeep HR.
Kolar SP Kishore Babu told The Indian Express that Hak, Abhinath and Abdul came to Bengaluru in search of jobs. “We found that there was no background verification done. They had plans to split the goods and go their way, but were caught before that. While we have been able to recover the goods, the investigation is still in progress to uncover more details in the case,” he said. Their plan was to sell it at retail or wholesale markets and make at least Rs one crore, said a police officer.
The incident took place on October 30 near Nagalapura Gate in Kolar taluk, 50 km from Bengaluru. According to the police sources, they received a complaint from Sudhakar, the transport manager of a Bengaluru firm that provides logistics support to Amazon.
Around 3.15 am on October 30, goods from an Amazon facility in Budigere Industrial area near Devanahalli were loaded on the truck bearing registration number KA-05 AD-0956, driven by Vasi Ajay. The truck was headed for the Amazon facility at Anugondanahalli near Hosakote about 15 km away.
The consignment included mobile phones, cosmetics, laptops and 300 other varieties of goods, totalling 4,027 items. By 5am, the staff came to know that the vehicle was heading in the wrong direction and had crossed Hoskote, after which its GPS was switched off. Following several hours’ search, staff found the vehicle at Nagalapura Gate, 145km from the scheduled spot.
Upon checking, the staff found that all the goods were missing from the truck and the staff filed a police complaint with Kolar rural police.
Acting on the complaint, the police managed to track the accused and arrested them. Probe revealed that the accused had arranged another truck on October 30 and had transferred all the stolen goods to it.