Nashik: A gang of highway robbers allegedly beat up a truck driver and decamped with his truck that was loaded with liquor worth Rs 1.38 lakh on the intervening night of January 18 and 19.
The truck driver, Jagdish Borkar (37), a resident of Rajwada, Vilholi, has registered a case with the Mumbai Naka police station.
In the FIR, the complainant said he had loaded his vehicle with liquor bottles from Dindori and was on his way to Panvel, Navi Mumbai when the incident took place.
As he was passing by the Indira Nagar jogging track at 10.45 pm on Monday, four unidentified people stopped him and forcibly entered his truck. They then started beating him up.
Chetan Srivant, the police sub-inspector of Mumbai Naka police station, said as per the complainant, the four suspects beat him up, blindfolded him and took him to Umrane. At 2.30 am, he was released and the robbers decamped with the truck and the liquor bottles, all worth over Rs 1.43 crore. The complaint was lodged at 11.30 pm on Tuesday. Borkar said he had to walk from Umrane, which is almost 80km from Nashik, to lodge a complaint. The PSI also said they were cross-verifying the complaint made by the truck driver.
In the past, there have been cases of robbery in and around Nashik city where robbers have beaten up truck drivers and escaped with the truck along with the cargo.