In a shocking case of theft, a gang of robbers waylaid and hijacked a container truck that was carrying mobile phones in Tamil Nadu.
The incident happened on Wednesday night near Krishnagiri in Tamil Nadu.
The DHL container truck was on its way with around 14,000 mobile phones from the Redmi manufacturing unit in Chennai to Mumbai.
The mobile phones are said to be worth Rs 15 crore. According to the police, the gang was following the truck on a car and waylaid it at Melumalai near Soolagiri on Chennai- Bengaluru National Highway around 2 am.
The gang then attacked the driver and cleaner of the truck and tied them up before leaving them on the road and fleeing with the loot.
The incident came to light after the driver and cleaner managed to free themselves with the help of the public and informed the police at Soolagiri station.
Based on the information provided by them, the police carried out a search operation and found the truck abandoned in Azaghumalai, more than 10km from where the robbery took place, with the consignment missing.
According to the police, the gang could have shifted the loot to another truck before abandoning it.
According to the local police, the exact number of people involved in the heist couldn’t be ascertained, but they believe that it could be more than seven.
They also suspect the involvement of gangs which have carried out similar acts in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Karnataka.
A gang identified as the Kanjar’ gang has been blamed for the thefts in neighbouring states.