The Government Railway Police (GRP) tracked and chased a gang of thieves mere hours after they stole cell phones from passengers at Reay Road railway station on Monday afternoon.
According to the police, the theft took place inside a Central Railways local train while it had halted at Reay Road station at 3.20 pm on Monday. The victims, who are employees of a courier firm, were travelling to Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus to deliver a parcel. “All three men had left their office with the parcel at 2.26 pm and were seated in the luggage compartment of the train. When the train stopped at Reay Road, several passengers got off the train, leaving only the victims and two pani puri vendors behind,” said assistant inspector Ritesh Aher, GRP spokesperson.
Just as the train began to move, Aher said that four young men rushed inside the compartment” “All four were armed and held knives to the throats of the passengers, demanding their money and cell phones. Within minutes, as the train pulled into Dockyard Road railway station, the thieves ran out,” he said. The victims also got off the train and found an on-duty GRP personnel. “They registered an FIR at Wadala GRP while another team began to look out for the thieves.
An hour later, the team received information that the accused had been spotted at Reay Road. The team managed to nab two men,” Aher said. Two men, aged 18 and 24, have been remanded in police custody while the police is on the lookout for their accomplices. “Both thieves live in the slums near Reay Road railway station. We have recovered the money and cell phones stolen from the victims. We have also seized the choppers they used to threaten the complainants with,” he said.