Two held two years af­ter Salem train heist

Of­fend­ers na­tives of MP, 5-mem­ber gang leader cur­rently is in jail for other cases

Sunday Express - - FRONT PAGE -

TWO years af­ter a gang drilled a hole in the roof of a mov­ing train con­tain­ing cash and es­caped with `5.78 crore, CB-CID has ar­rested two men in con­nec­tion with the crime. A hunt is on for oth­ers.

In­ves­ti­ga­tion re­vealed that the men took away cash from the com­part­ment and wrapped them in their lungis.

The two were iden­ti­fied as B Di­nesh (38) and R Ro­han Pardi (29) from Rat­lam in Mad­hya Pradesh. The gang leader Mo­hars­ingh is cur­rently lodged in Guna Cen­tral prison in Mad­hya Pradesh in con­nec­tion with other crimes.

The five-mem­ber gang trav­elled on the rooftop of the train and cut a hole in the roof of the cash com­part­ment be­tween Chin­nasalem and Vrid­dhacha­lam rail­way sta­tions.

Ac­cord­ing to a CB-CID press re­lease, two men en­tered the com­part­ment through the hole, broke open the wooden boxes and took the cash. They wrapped the money in lungis and passed it on to three other men on the rooftop.

The re­lease said that while the train was reach­ing Vrid­dhacha­lam rail­way sta­tion, those on the rooftop handed over the cash bun­dles wrapped in lungis to other gang mem­bers who were wait­ing at the track­side and all of them fled the spot.

On Au­gust 8, 2016, a cash load of cur­rency was trans­ported from In­dian Over­seas Bank in Salem to Re­serve Bank of In­dia in Chen­nai. A rail­way par­cel van VPH 08831 was at­tached to Salem - Chen­nai Eg­more Ex­press train. The train left Salem junc­tion at 9.05 pm and ar­rived at Eg­more at 3.55 am on Au­gust 9.

The par­cel van was opened around 11am by RBI of­fi­cials and they found that `5.78 crore had been stolen from the van af­ter mak­ing a hole in the roof.

Govern­ment rail­way po­lice, Eg­more, reg­is­tered a case on Au­gust 9 2016 and the case was trans­ferred to Crime Branch CID two days later.

CB CID of­fi­cials said a spe­cial team was formed and it trav­elled through­out the coun­try and col­lected in­for­ma­tion from in­for­mants who were set up at var­i­ous places.

Ac­cord­ing to the tip off, DSP Kr­ish­nan of CB CID and his team vis­ited Uj­jain and Guna dis­tricts in Mad­hya Pradesh.

They col­lected tech­ni­cal in­puts, de­tailed anal­y­sis of var­i­ous scat­tered pieces of in­for­ma­tion were put to­gether and the sus­pects were tracked.

Di­nesh and Ro­han Pardi were ar­rested on their jour­ney to Chen­nai on Fri­day.

The crim­i­nals from Pardi group were in­volved in var­i­ous cases across Mad­hya Pradesh, Ra­jasthan, Delhi, Haryana, Gu­jarat and Ma­ha­rash­tra. The net­work of mem­bers stay on the road­sides or near rail­way tracks rais­ing tem­po­rary shel­ters. They work as daily wage work­ers and street ven­dors and they spot the scene to com­mit crime, the re­lease said.

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