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Cigarettes worth Rs 6 cr stolen in Visakhapatnam

Visakhapatnam: A gang of robbers allegedly looted cigarettes worth Rs 6 crore from the container truck transporting them on the Anakapalle-Anandapuram highway here, police said today.

The container truck was heading from to Hyderabad from the warehouse of a private company at Howrah in West Bengal late last night with the cigarettes when the robbery took place, they said.

The robbers looted the container and transferred the cigarette cartons to their lorry at AS Peta and drove away, Anakapalle DSP A Purushottam said.

“We are suspecting that inter-state dacoity gang might be involved in the crime and the gang has followed the container truck from long way,” he said.

“We have formed a special team to investigate the case and nab the robbers. We have also alerted the check-posts at various place in the state”, Purushottam said.

The container driver Md Aslam Khan today approached the Sabbavaram Police and lodged a complaint in this regard, police said.

A case has been registered at the police station and investigation is underway, they said.