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Robbers find long distance lorry drivers easy prey

Special Correspondent

Highway crimes on the rise; special teams needed to tackle menace


Some persons posing as workers sought a lift and attacked the driver


MADURAI: A four-member armed gang attacked a lorry driver with wooden logs near Perungudi Ring Road intersection in the early hours and escaped with Rs 75,000 cash here on Wednesday.

Madurai Rural Police said that David Palraj of Mathur, Tiruchi, was driving the lorry carrying matches from Sivakasi to a destination in Punjab. As he was approaching the Ring Road in the early hours, four persons intercepted the lorry and picked up a conversation with him. Suddenly, one among them attacked Palraj with a wooden log and, after swiftly searching the vehicle cabin, the gang took away the cash and the driver's mobile phone. They escaped under the cover of darkness.

On information, Perungudi police rushed to the spot. A dog was pressed into the scene of crime. A case of robbery has been registered.

Rise in crime

About 10 days ago, a lorry driver was intercepted by a gang in a similar fashion near the Melur-Madurai highway. The robbers escaped with Rs 20,000. The incident had occurred close to the check post.

In another incident, a lorry driver lost cash of Rs 18,000 near Othakadai Agricultural College in the early hours.

Some persons posing as workers sought a lift and even as the driver was in the middle of a conversation, the gang attacked him and fled with the money. The cases are under investigation.

Special teams

Police personnel felt that special teams should be formed exclusively to solve crimes reported in any part of the district. The teams should not be given any other regular task at the station or sub-division levels, but should only focus on detection of cases.

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