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SEVERAL PAASENGERS travelling in different bogies of Jhelum Express were allegedly robbed of their luggage in the early hours of Friday between Palwal and New Delhi. Several passengers complained that they “felt drowsy and fell into a deep sleep” and woke up when the train neared New Delhi railway station, where they alleged that no help was provided to them.
After a passenger, Namrata, tweeted to the Railway Ministry’s official Twitter handle about the incident and after 15 minutes, a Haryana police team reached Ambala railway station, said another passenger. An FIR was registered at Ambala railway station based on the complaints of passengers Reeta Malik, Anil Kumar, Akhilesh Sharma, Anil Raina and Namrata Priyadarshini. However passengers said they got no update about their stolen luggage till late evening Friday.
Reeta Malik, who boarded the train from Pune to Ludhiana, alleged that she had been robbed of material worth more than Rs 5 lakh as she was moving to Ludhiana after her husband’s transfer. Her husband Raj Kumar Malik, who works in a public sector bank, said, “I had been transferred to Chandigarh and I came a few days before to join. Our house is in Ludhiana, so my wife was coming tthere on the occasion of Diwali and she had also packed some of the luggage along with her. The rest is yet to be brought.”
Subedar Akhilesh Sharma told that he was travelling along with five family members and was robbed of 15 bags. He claimed that although a teenager, who some of the passengers suspected was involved, was handed over to GRP police at Delhi, the police did not investigate the matter.
Namrata said she had “no choice” but to tweet to the Railway Ministry after which the police registered an FIR. Ajit Singh, another passenger who disembarked at Ludhiana station, said his luggage was not stolen but that he was “feeling drowsy” even after the journey. Some of the passengers complained that someone might have used a “spray of some sort” and acrried out the thefts. A probe was on, said Parwinder Singh of Ludhiana’s Railway Police.