Rob­bers cut hole in train roof, steal US$750,000

The Myanmar Times - - World -

A GANG of rob­bers cut a hole in the roof of a train trav­el­ling through south­ern In­dia and stole more than US$750,000 in cash, po­lice said yes­ter­day.

The dar­ing heist oc­curred some­where along the more than 300-kilo­me­tre-long jour­ney, but the miss­ing loot was only dis­cov­ered hours af­ter the ex­press train ar­rived here.

The train’s mail car­riage was car­ry­ing 3.4 bil­lion ru­pees (US$51 mil­lion) be­long­ing to In­dia’s cen­tral bank and was be­ing es­corted by armed po­lice seated in the next com­part­ment.

Po­lice sus­pect about six to eight rob­bers made a 1.2-me­tre-square hole in the car­riage roof us­ing a cut­ting torch be­fore es­cap­ing un­de­tected with some of the cash.

“We are en­quir­ing with the train guard and the po­lice per­son­nel if they heard any un­usual noises on the roof,” said po­lice su­per­in­ten­dent P. Vi­jayaku­mar.

Another po­lice of­fi­cer was quoted in the Hindu news­pa­per as say­ing the gang might have hid­den them­selves in the car­riage be­fore it was locked for the jour­ney on Au­gust 8, be­fore es­cap­ing by jump­ing off the roof.

Re­serve Bank of In­dia of­fi­cials dis­cov­ered the theft on Aug 9, when they came to col­lect the cash from the car­riage for dis­posal. The cash, al­though still us­able, was soiled and was trans­ported from the city of Salem to Chen­nai for destruc­tion. –

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