Taking the advantage of wee hour, Jabalpur-Nizamuddin express was allegedly robbed by a gang of robbers while passing near Kosi Kalan in Mathura district of Uttar Pradesh. Madhya Pradesh finance minister Jayanta Malaiya, his wife Dr Sudha and several other passengers who were travelling AC-I compartment were robbed at gunpoint.
“The RPF men, in fact, ran away. The miscreants then proceeded to rob the passengers. They took all the valuables. Some other bogies were also looted,” Dr Sudha said.
According to police sources, as many as six armed robbers, wearing masks, boarded the train at Mathura railway station. They knocked at the door of Malaiya’s coupe and one of them introduced himself as the travelling ticket examiner (TTE). MP Malaiya in the FIR reported that Rs 25,000 cash, a gold chain, his wife’s mangalsutra, gold rings, a bracelet and other belongings were robbed at gun point.
MP Malaya said the Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel were present on the train but didn’t help claiming they did not have enough ammunition. “The RPF did come in but they didn’t pursue the robbers. RPF jawans told us they don’t have enough bullets.” Mr Malaiya said.
Meanwhile, the Madhya Pradesh finance minister, on reaching Delhi, met railway minister Suresh Prabhu to talk about the matter. Following the incident, three personnel of Railway Protection Force have been suspended. The Railway has also ordered a probe and a report has also been sought from the Uttar Pradesh Police.