A van full of onions overturned at a nearby stretch of National Highway 23 under Kashmar police station limits. The incident took place around 7 am on Wednesday, when the carriage van carrying more than 50 packets of onions, each containing 50 kgs, overturned while on its way to the Bokaro vegetable market from capital Ranchi.
Police gave a statement stating, the driver lost his control while trying to avoid a speeding vehicle approaching from the opposite side near Kamlapur village, which led to its overturning.
When the police reached the spot, they found the van, but there was no trace of onions valued at Rs 2.5 lakh.
Kashmar Police Station in-charge Rajendra Kumar said, “There were around 50 packets of onions loaded on the vehicle and they have been looted.”
Police also said that the driver, Jethu Mahto, from Ramgarh had received minor injuries and was admitted to a local hospital.
Ram Lakhan Prasad, a potato and onion wholesaler at Ranchi’s Pandra Krishi Bazar said, “A kilogram of onion is being sold at Rs 70 to Rs 85 at the wholesale market on Wednesday. However, at retail markets, it is being sold at Rs 90 to Rs 110, depending upon the quality.”