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Police arrest four kidnappers in Ri Bhoi

Shillong June 18: Police opened fire at four highway robbers, who attempted to kidnap a truck driver, after they tried to run over the police team at Nongpoh on Tuesday.

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Ri Bhoi SP Jagpal Singh Dhanoa said around 4.30 am, information was received  from a truck driver that a gang of highway robbers was restraining and beating truck drivers and extorting money from them, at Umtrew.

The information was relayed to senior officers as well as OC Umiam PS and Umsning PS. It was further learnt telephonically from Umiam Ps team that occupants of one white colour scorpio without number plate were seen kidnapping one driver of truck bearing registration number JH02AK9061 and were fleeing towards Guwahati.

He said around 6.15 pm the scorpio was seen and given a signal to stop. However, the  vehicle tried to run over the staff on naka duty with intention to kill.

The fleeing vehicle was chased and suddenly the four suspected persons started running out to the jungle area near the district court complex.

“All suspects were caught and brought to Nongpoh PS and reasonable force was used to apprehend them,” the SP said. They have been identified as Pradip Gogoi (38), Tulan Phukan (36), Pranjal Gogoi (38) and Deep Das (28).

“On preliminary interrogation all the four confessed to the extortion as well as kidnapping attempt of one driver namely Prem Chand Kumar Mali, whom they threw down from the Scorpio on seeing the police team. The kidnapped driver has been rescued,” the SP said.

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