Bargarh: A miscreant armed with a fake pistol was robbing truck drivers on the national highway (NH-6) on outskirts of Bargarh town. He was held by a team of Transport Department personnel and handed over to the police on Tuesday.
According to junior motor vehicle inspector (MVI), Arun Kumar Sahoo of RTO Bargarh, they were tipped by the driver of a vehicle from Maharashtra.
This driver was threatened by the fraud and asked to pay Rs 5,000 while he was passing through Bargarh by-pass.
“We asked the driver to call him back and subsequently traced the person who was posing as a transport official and looting truck drivers,” Sahoo said.
The miscreant has been handed over the Town Police. He was reportedly active over the past one month, and has extorted money from a number of vehicles by threatening the drivers with challans.
NH-6 or the Economic Corridor (EC) – 1 is one of the longest highways in India which passes through six states. From Hajira (Surat-Dhule-Nagpur-Raipur-Sambalpur) to Kolkata, this route is 1,949 kms long.
Since, a majority of drivers of trucks and other big commercial vehicles are from other States, they are intimidated by the miscreants who pose as MVIs and subsequently end up paying ‘fines’ which is extortion.