Rafeek, Shabarulla Khan, Saddam Hussain | Photo: Mathrubhumi
Puthussery: The Kasaba police nabbed three people for allegedly manipulating weighbridge readings. They also diverted the attention of officials by creating ruckus at the weighbridge centre in Puthussery, Palakkad.
The accused have been identified as Coimbatore natives Rafeek (36), Shabarulla Khan (36) and Pothanur native Saddam Hussain (26). Reportedly, they manipulated the weight readings of goods loaded trucks by connecting chips to the electronic load cell of the weighbridge.
The incident pertaining to the case took place on December 1, 2022 at a private weighbridge opposite ITI, Kanjikode.
“The trio had parked their car in front of the weighbridge centre and began to create a scene. Hearing the noise, an employee of the centre came out to check the area. At the time, one of the accused connected the chip and altered the weighbridge setup,” said the police.
Following this, the actual reading of the weighbridge machine got tampered and the trio's goods loaded truck recorded only minimum weight.
According to the police, they have been engaged in similar frauds in various parts of Tamil Nadu for the past 10 years.
Although nothing suspicious was found during the initial stage, an investigation centred on CCTV footage enabled the police to nab the swindlers.
“More people are likely to be arrested in connection with the case,” said Kasaba station inspector NS Rajeev.
The probe was carrried out by a team of officials led by district police chief R Viswanath and Palakkad ASP A Shahul Hameed among others.