KHERONI, June 23: Three Hojai-based jaggery traders were robbed in a broad day light on their way to a weekly market to procure jaggery in West Karbi Anglong on Saturday. The incident took place at a time when the jaggery trade is being picking up after a hiatus of two months due to various reasons.
The three traders have been identified as Mithun Pal, Haripad Pal and Dipankar Pal. They hail from Lanka in Hojai district.
The incident took place at Maijiya Tini Ali under Kheroni police station. According to the report, five miscreants coming on two motorcycles intercepted the three traders who were riding a bike to Hawaipur Pachali Weekly Market to procure jaggery around 8 am on Saturday.
The robbers pointed a pistol at them and snatched the bag containing cash and fled from the scene immediately. The traders claimed that there was Rs. 1.75 lakh in the bag.
Police have started investigation following an FIR lodged by the three traders. The incident has created a fear psychosis among the jaggery traders and local sugarcane farmers as the trade depends on the procurement of the product by traders from outside the district.
Kheroni in West Karbi Anglong is a hub of jaggery trade and the incident is likely to have a short term impact on it. Two months back sugarcane farmers and local traders of Kheroni have stopped their activity due to low prices among others.