Steel rods stolen from culvert construction site

Staff Reporter

13 labourers sleeping at the site were tied up before the crime was committed

NELLORE: An 11-member unidentified gang took away steel rods costing Rs. 72 lakhs in a lorry from a culvert construction site on the road to Shar project between Atakanithippa and Kudiri villages of Sullurpet mandal late on Tuesday night.

The gang tied 13 labourers, who were sleeping near the site in a makeshift shed, with a rope and threatened to torch them alive. One of them even took away a mobile phone from the construction supervisor besides Rs. 7,200 cash, a gold chain and a ring from the cook and a driver.

They even allegedly attempted to rape the cook but changed their mind when her husband pleaded them to leave her alone. While two members of the gang came by a motorcycle remaining arrived on the lorry.

In drunken state

According to victims, all the miscreants were in an inebriated condition and talking over cell phones all the time. After receiving information, the search team alerted the night beat police and Tada Police chased the lorry.

The goons took a diversion road to escape the police and left the lorry near Gumpili village before escaping in the cover of darkness. Gudur DSP Devadanam, Sullurpet CI Jayarama Subba Reddy and Tada CI Srinivasa Rao inspected the construction site and Sriharikota Police registered a case.