From a Correspondent
Bokajan, January 10: In a major crackdown, the Khatkhati police thwarted a bid to smuggle a stolen tipper truck in a regular check-post on NH-39 along the Assam-Nagaland inter-State border in East Karbi Anglong.
As reported, the police personnel manning the check-post intercepted the vehicle moving towards Nagaland and on verifying the documents, the registration number was found fake. On further investigation, it was found that the vehicle was lifted from Bijay Nagar area in Guwahati and was brought for sale to Nagaland. Two persons -. Ajay Mahato and Nazrul Haque- have been arrested in connection.
Interestingly, the Khatkhati police were looking for Ajay Mahato in connection with a car theft racket busted last year involving an elite businessman of Bokajan and recovery of five luxurious SUVs. On the other hand, Nazrul Haque, a driver by profession, confessed his involvement stating that he was suppose to deliver the truck to a person in Dimapur in lieu of Rs 12,000. Nazrul even revealed that he had earlier delivered a truck bearing registration number AS 01BC 6748 as per instruction of the owner Shymal Chakraborty who was unable to pay off his auto loan debts due to financial crisis.
The officer in-charge of Khatkhati Police Station, Dipak Bora has recovered a total of 28 stolen vehicles, including imported SUVs, trucks and excavators among others since February, 2016. The Khatkhati police check-post incidentally happens to be the last police check into the State of Nagaland and has been functioning round-the-clock to put in place a visible policing machinery along this border. In addition, the check-post has been keeping a tab on the movement of criminals and anti-social elements since the past three decades.