A group of unidentified assailants Thursday decamped with several valuable items after looting passengers on board Jammu-Delhi Duronto Express at knifepoint. The train departed from Jammu Tawi at 07:20 pm on Wednesday and arrived in the national capital at 04:20 am today.
The incident, which took place in B3 and B7 coaches in the early hours of the day, came to light after a passenger filed a complaint through the railways’ complaints portal. In his complaint, Ashwani Kumar claimed that passengers of B3 and B7 coaches of the train 12266 were targeted by the armed men when it neared the Delhi Sarai Rohilla station.
“As train number 12266, which stops only at its source and destination stations, was approaching the Delhi station, stopped at around 3:30 am awaiting signal, seven to 10 miscreants entered coaches B3 and B7 of the train,” Kumar said.
A case has been registered and Railway Protection Forces have been deployed for the patrolling of running trains, ANI reported.
The complainant claimed that the robbers, who were carrying sharp-edged knives, threatened the passengers to hand over their expensive items. The entire act took place within 10 to 15 minutes when the train stopped there. “They looted purses, cash, carry bags, gold chains, mobiles and many more items from multiple passengers,” he said.
“The irony is that neither staff nor security personnel were available there at the time of the mishap,” he added.
Kumar also said that passengers tried to reach the train attendant and TT after the incident and found them after 20 minutes. He contacted Delhi Police after which an FIR was registered at the destination station.
“… The attendant told us that there was no security personnel available in the train. We are not safe even in AC coaches and imagine the security in sleeper class and general coaches where passengers enter the train even without tickets… ,” Kumar wrote in his complaint.
According to the Chief Public Relations Officer, Northern Railways, the Railway Police Force has gathered some leads in the case. “The Railway Protection Force (RPF) has initial leads in the matter. The culprits will be nabbed soon and stern action will be taken against them,” a Northern Railway spokesperson said.
Last week, the Delhi-Bhagalpur Express was attacked by armed robbers in West Bengal’s Malda division. The valuables worth around Rs 3 lakh were looted, the railways said.
The robbers used an alarm chain to stop the train near Dhanauri station in between Kiul and Jamalpur section and looted the passengers, officials said.