A truck driver transporting paper rolls was arrested Friday after it came to light that he had kept the cargo hidden with a design to sell it later and pocket the proceeds and concocted a story of being robbed, police said.

Police received information in the early hours of the day that a truck laden with paper rolls was snatched by unknown miscreants near a roadside eatery on the highway in Rajpura near here, officials said.

A search operation was launched and the truck was recovered from an isolated place near the focal point here, they said.

During interrogation, truck diver Bhagat Singh confessed to have concocted the story of the loot to sell the paper rolls in the market, officials said.

Singh was arrested, they said, adding that the approximate cost of truck, including bundles of papers, was nearly Rs 23 lakh.