JORHAT, Oct 8 - To investigate serious cases of crimes like possessing illegal arms, stealing vehicle, killing an innocent person in an accident and firing upon police force during its routine duty, Jorhat police today took four vehicle thieves for seven days of custody after they were produced before the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate here.
On Wednesday night, to evade arrest, Palash Bora of Pulibar and Tridib Gogoi of Amguri had opened blank fire in front of Pulibar police station when the police on duty tried to stop their car on the National Highway 37.
As Jorhat police had prior information about the involvement of the gang members who were taking a stolen truck towards the city, police tried to check the suspected car which was followed by the truck from a long distance.
Though Pulibar police could halt the stolen truck and catch Aditya Bora of Amguri and Inaunihang Lantur of Mokokchung district of Nagaland at Pulibar, the other two accused Palash Bora and Tridib Gogoi could manage to escape arrest as they opened fire from their speeding car.
However, they were later nabbed by another group of police at Nakachari area near Mariyani. A 25-year-old youth Dwijen Gogoi of Napomua village was mowed down by their speeding car at Cinnamora area of Jorhat when the duo was running away with their car.
�We are yet to recover the illegal weapon which they used for firing at Pulibar. The court has remanded them for seven days of police custody,� said a police officer.
According to police, two other persons suspected to be involved in the case are yet to be arrested. Police said that the accused were yet to reveal the location from where they had stolen the truck and the whereabouts of the driver and the other assisting staff of the truck.
However, they said that the thieves had sold the items like cosmetics and toys , which the truck was carrying from West Bengal to Assam before the gang of thieves hijacked it.
�Investigation is on. We will get all the information soon,� said a police officer.