Truck driver from Assam
The body of the murdered truck driver from Assam. Image credit - Northeast Now

A truck driver from Assam has been murdered in Meghalaya’s West Jaintia Hills.

The deceased truck driver has been identified as Alak Das, son of Dhirendra Das from Duhalia village under Patharkandi police station in Karimganj district.

According to sources, a person has been arrested by West Jaintia Police on charges of his involvement in the driver’s killing.

Sources said Alak Das was killed after two persons attacked him when he was sleeping inside the truck outside the FCI FSD Jowai.

His body was later found 5 km away from the place of the incident.

An FIR has been filed by Jesse Dkhar, a representative of Anup Truck Transport Pvt. Ltd. (transport contractor of FCI in Jowai).

The police have started an investigation into the case.

According to the FIR, at 2:14 am on Monday, a group of unidentified people, who came in a Maruti Alto car, snatched the truck (TR 01-AG-1689) and two of the people drove it away and the truck driver, Alak Das, went missing.

J Dkhar said he received the information about the incident over the phone at 2.14 am on Monday (August 16, 2021) by one of their drivers, Nilay Nath.

Dkhar in the FIR said he tried to contact Alak Das, the driver, who was driving the FCI rice-laden truck but his phone remained switched off.

The Anup Truck Truck Transport Pvt. Ltd’s representative informed that he rushed to the spot of the incident – Khlichtyrshi in Jowai outside the FCI FSD and followed the truck with Nilay Nath and intercepted the truck before reaching Jowai town.

Informing the Jowai police regarding the incident, Dkhar said he again followed the truck till 4 Mile Mihmyntalu and kept on following and could stop the truck near the weighbridge.

Dkhar could nab a person, however, another person escaped.

The nabbed person, who was handed over to the Jowai police station, has been arrested by the police.

The incident of killing and lifting of a truck with an intention to rob FCI rice has raised the eyebrows of all.

The truck, which was attempted to lift, was carrying 500 bags of raw rice belonging to the FCI.

As per the truck chit report, the truck was loaded with raw rice bags at FSD Changsari near Guwahati at 4:29 pm on August 14, 2021.

The incident has created a sense of insecurity among the truck drivers and handymen, who have to move to different parts of Meghalaya to deliver FCI goods including rice on regular basis.

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