TURA | May 13, 2019:

A group of dacoits on Sunday evening attacked vehicles plying along the Assam-Meghalaya national highway (NH-62) in North Garo Hills and looted the passengers of cash and valuables.

The incident occurred at about 8 pm between the two police outposts of Rongmil in EGH and Wageasi in NGH while an initial report was filed at Rongmil Operations Group Centre (OGC) and case taken up by the Rongjeng PS in the same district.

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According to one of the persons attacked by the large group holding, what appeared to be guns and sharp weapons, they, along with about 5 other vehicles going towards Dudhnoi and another 6-7 vehicles moving towards Williamnagar were stopped and some occupants looted. The group only dispersed after they saw a Gypsy come towards them.

“They were unable to loot everyone as what looked like a police Gypsy came towards them. They snatched whatever they could lay their hands on and ran into the nearby jungles from the main road. I was on my way to Dudhnoi to drop a few relatives when they stopped us,” said AG Marak, a resident of Rongjeng in EGH.

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A police official later confirmed that the Gypsy was indeed that of the police and was on patrol duty. The dacoits were also well informed as they waited for the Bullet Proof (BP) van to cross them before making a move.

A case into the incident was lodged by a Tura resident, Zerach R Marak, who was looted off Rs 20000 and his two mobile phones. Another 3 passengers in his car were also looted in a similar manner.

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“We have received a FIR into the matter and an investigation is currently into the people responsible for the crime and to apprehend them,” said EGH district police chief, Ringrang TG Momin.

The NH -62 had earlier gained notoriety over frequent cases of dacoities, some of which were even fatal. A huge number of highway gangs frequented the road though of late, increased police activities had kept these kind of incidents in check.



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