Onion-laden truck hijacked

Onion-laden truck hijacked
Activists protesting against the high prices of basic commodities carry garlands of vegetables, putting one on a portrait of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

INDIA - Indian police have foiled a bid by robbers to make off with a truck laden with about nine tonnes of onions, in an unusual crime apparently motivated by rocketing prices of the staple food.

Three men stopped a truck on the main road from the western city of Jaipur to the capital New Delhi on Tuesday on the pretence that their vehicle had been damaged in a collision, AFP reported.

After accusing the truck driver of causing the accident, one of the men jumped behind the wheel and the others fled.

Police were quickly alerted and they erected barricades on surrounding roads to block the robbers' escape.

Seeing their route blocked, the men abandoned their loot and escaped.

"Hijackers target loaded trucks to loot goods, but it is not usual to target food or vegetables," Mr Ram Kishore, a local police officer, told AFP.

Mr Bhawani Singh, a local police officer, told The New York Times in a phone interview: "I have never heard of anything like this before. But onion prices are so high, it makes sense."

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