Couple arrested for hijacking tomato-laden truck

They are from Vellore in Tamil Nadu; hunt is on for their associates

Updated - July 23, 2023 06:23 am IST

Published - July 22, 2023 09:19 pm IST


Bhaskar | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement


Sindhuja | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

A couple from Vellore in Tamil Nadu was arrested by the RMC Yard police on Saturday for allegedly hijacking a tomato-laden truck with three of their associates after abducting the farmer on the pretext of road rage, from Ring Road on July 8.

Mallesh, a farmer from Hiriyur in Chitradurga district, had filed a police complaint, and a special 20-member team was formed to track down the accused.

The special team analysed over 200 CCTV footage to identify the accused and arrested Bhaskar, 28, and his wife Sindhuja, 26. The police are on the lookout for their associates, identified as Rakesh, Kumar, and Mahesh, Deputy Commissioner of Police (North division), Shivaprakash Devaraju, said.

Investigation revealed that the accused were suspected to be a part of the road robbery gang that confronted the farmer, who was heading to Kolar to sell his tomato load from Hiriyur. The accused, who claimed that their vehicle was damaged by the farmer’s truck, tried to rob him, but realised that he did not have money. They changed their plan and decided to hijack his truck.

As per the plan, they took him along with the truck, assaulted him and pushed him out on the Ring Road before driving away with the truck that was loaded with 2.5 tonnes of tomato to Chennai where they sold it in the market and shared the money.

The accused later abandoned the truck near Peenya.

Based on the CCTV footage, the police zeroed in on Bhaskar and his wife and arrested them. The police also recovered the car used by the accused in the crime.

The police have taken the couple into custody and are looking into their criminal background and possible involvement in similar cases.

0 / 0
Sign in to unlock member-only benefits!
  • Access 10 free stories every month
  • Save stories to read later
  • Access to comment on every story
  • Sign-up/manage your newsletter subscriptions with a single click
  • Get notified by email for early access to discounts & offers on our products
Sign in


Comments have to be in English, and in full sentences. They cannot be abusive or personal. Please abide by our community guidelines for posting your comments.

We have migrated to a new commenting platform. If you are already a registered user of The Hindu and logged in, you may continue to engage with our articles. If you do not have an account please register and login to post comments. Users can access their older comments by logging into their accounts on Vuukle.