TURA | Dec 27, 2019:
In a delayed report, a group of dacoits allegedly kidnapped two residents of Assam, both drivers by profession, and robbed victims on the National Highway-62 in East Garo Hills district of Meghalaya using fake guns and escaping a high-speed chase.
The incident took place on Dec 23 at about 6:30 pm.
As per reports available, the two drivers, identified as Gulzar Ali and Hamid Ali had gone to drop a person to Baghmara in South Garo Hills (SGH) and were returning, when they were stopped by a group or apparently armed dacoits on the NH – 62 near Dobu Agalgre under Rongjeng PS in EGH.
Interestingly, the dacoits initially used the same vehicle to rob other vehicles along the same road. However, when information reached the police, two teams, one from Rongjeng and another from Dobu were sent to apprehend the dacoits.
However, on noticing the police, the criminals got into the vehicle (Bolero) and made a run to escape them. They narrowly missed being caught by the patrol team from Rongjeng – who had just stopped their vehicle to wait for the group.
The dacoits, with the drivers in tow, then headed towards nearby Songsak where they broke through the barricade set up by the police in front of the PS in Songsak. A high speed chase ensued immediately after the police barricade was broken by the dacoits.
The chasing police cars however were no match for the speed of the vehicle they were chasing and had to abandon the chase after a while.
The vehicle used in the kidnapping of the 2 victims, was then abandoned near the village of Songkama under Songsak PS in EGH. The arms (pictured above) that were used in the dacoity as well as the kidnapping were later found to be fake and were left at the site of where the vehicle was abandoned.
“We initially thought it was case of dacoity but it was only later that we came to know that the criminals have taken the 2 drivers hostage. Search operations are currently being undertaken to rescue the victims as well as nab the culprits,” confirmed SP of EGH, Ringrang TG Momin.
While a suo moto case was filed on the matter at the Rongjeng PS on Dec 24, a new FIR on the kidnapping and subsequent demands were made today, Dec 27, at the Rongjeng PS.
Sources close to the family confirmed that the criminals had made demands for Rs 70 lakhs and Rs 50 lakhs respectively for the release of the two kidnapped drivers.