Railway staffer are under Railway Police scanner over their involvement in a robbery case where passengers on the Mumbai-Delhi August Kranti Rajdhani Express were allegedly looted. Seven house-keeping staff and seven coach attendants, who were on board during the incident, have been de-rostered , according to a Times of India report. Meanwhile, the police have found a familiar pattern in the thefts that were reported on Rajdhani trains earlier, as per PTI.
The robbery took place on Wednesday when 25 passengers on the Mumbai-Delhi August Kranti Rajdhani Express were robbed of valuables worth anywhere between Rs 10 lakh to Rs 15 lakh near Ratlam in Madhya Pradesh. The passengers of the train have alleged that they were drugged before they were robbed off their valuables on the intervening night of August 15 and 16, as per ToI. A special investigation team of Railway Protection Force from Delhi has been sent to Kota and Ratlam to assist in the investigation.
One passenger has claimed that only ladies purses were stolen and said that the stolen items were found in toilets and kitchen which are used by railway staffers. Another lady passenger narrating the incident said, “We were traveling in B7 coach from Mumbai to Delhi. At around quarter to four in morning, I woke up to go to the lavatory, but found my purse was missing. I woke my sister Saima Ahmad and found that her purse was also missing. We panicked and went to inquire with the coach attendant and found that our purses were kept outside the toilet. More than Rs 21,000 cash was missing, but other things, including mobile phones, were inside it,” according to TOI. Valuables like diamond jewelry and foreign currency of an NRI passenger were also stolen.
Earlier on August 9, three passengers on the Mumbai-Delhi Rajdhani Express said they had been robbed in similar circumstances. Another theft also took place in July aboard the Delhi-Mumbai Rajdhani Express. A senior official said, “We are checking if bookings were made with the same user IDs online and if they were given any fare concessions. We are coordinating with the police in Mumbai, Ratlam and Kota.” Another common link between the thefts is that they occurred between Baroda and Kota stations, as per PTI.