Police in Assam’s Dhubri district, in a bid to stop ‘smugglers’ get away with a cattle-laden vehicle, opened fire at it, puncturing its tyres. 

The incident has been reported from Golakganj area in Assam’s Dhubri district. 

Police sources said, “Acting on a tip-off, the Golakganj police chased a cattle-laden bolero pickup vehicle bearing the registration number WB- 63B- 3646 and singled it to stop. But the driver of the vehicle ignored the police’s warning and tried to flee from the spot.” 

“Police chased the vehicle for over 20 kilometres from Golakganj towards Dhubri town via Gauripur and with options running out, police opened fire puncturing the tyres of the vehicle,” sources added. 

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Puncturing of the tyres resulted in the driver of the cattle-laden vehicle losing control over the van, following which it fell into a river. 

“Two persons have been arrested and have been identified as Rofikul Hussain (driver) and Abdul Latif,” police said. The police have also been able to rescue eight cattle from the vehicle. 

Dhubri superintendent of police Abhijit Gaurav said, “Based on information, naka was put up to intercept the vehicle that came from West Bengal. However, the vehicle could not be intercepted at the naka and the police team started chasing the vehicle. And, after 20 km of chase on national highway 17, police were forced to open fire to stop the vehicle.” 

Mukesh Kr Singh

Mukesh Kr Singh is Northeast Now Correspondent in Dhubri. He can be reached at: mkdhubri@gmail.com