Rajdhani Theft Case: 14 Railway Staff Members Suspended After Passengers Raised Suspicion
Agra, Aug 18: A total of fourteen railway staff members, including seven house-keeping staff and seven coach attendants of August Kranti Rajdhani Express, have been suspended after 25 passengers were allegedly drugged and robbed of valuables worth Rs 10-15 lakh on board on Wednesday near Ratlam in Madhya Pradesh, claims a report.
In a major development, a special team of Delhi Railway Protection Force has been sent to Kota and Ratlam to assist in the investigation.
As per The Times of India report, the robbed passengers raised suspicion over the involvement of the on-board railway staff in the incident. They also informed that the thieves stole the purses belonging to women passengers only as those were found in toilet, inside the kitchen and dustbin
Speaking to TOI on phone, one of them claimed that only purses belonging to women passengers were stolen. Next morning, those were found in toilet, dustbin and even inside kitchen, which are exclusively used by railway staff. The report also quotes, Anil Saxena, additional director-general and public relation officer of the railway board as saying that the GRP is investigating the matter, but based on prima facie probe, it can be said that no intoxicant spray was used.
According to preliminary information received by the Railways Ministry, seven coaches of the train (A1, A3, B6, B7, B9, B10 and B5), all AC-2 tier and AC-3 tier, were targeted by thieves between 2 am and 3 am on August 16.
The incident came to light when the train was arriving at Rajasthan’s Kota junction and the passengers woke up to find their purses and small hand bags emptied and dumped near the toilets and vestibules, as per the FIRs lodged by some passengers with the Government Railway Police (GRP) at Nizamuddin Station.
While the RPF told the passengers to register their FIRs at the junction, most of them decided to do so in Nizamuddin. As of now, 11 FIRS have been filed in the case.
Many passengers complained of missing cash. Some said their I-phones, other electronic devices were missing and complained of Aadhar card and other essential documents.
Some in their FIRs, alleged that they were drugged as the passengers slept soundly through the robbery. Many people even expressed apprehensions about the involvement of rail staff in the incident.
CCTV cameras are being installed in coaches to keep a check on such incidents. It’s unfortunate that this has happened,” Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said.
Earlier in April, robbers struck the Delhi-Patna Rajdhani Express at a place in Bihar and stole cash and jewellery worth lakhs from sleeping passengers. The robbery raised questions about security in the country’s main train service.
(Inputs from PTI)