Patna: The Government Railway Police (GRP) today arrested a woman from 12310 New Delhi-Patna Rajdhani Express who allegedly used to travel in the train and steal cash and valuables of fellow passengers.
Confirming the arrest, Patna Rail Superintendent of Police (SP) P N Mishra said, “The arrested woman has been identified as one Pratima Kumari. She is a resident of a posh locality in Patna. She was nabbed from A-2 compartment of the Rajdhani Express when co-passenger, Guddi Rai, raised an alarm after discovering that her bag was missing.”
Mishra said the woman used to travel on reserved berths and steal belongings of other co-passengers in the train while they slept during the overnight journey.
It all started when Rai discovered that her bag was missing when the train was near Allahabad during the early hours. She also noticed that a woman travelling on the adjoining berth was also missing.
“Rai raised an alarm and rushed towards the toilet and found that one of them was bolted from inside. She waited there and found Kumari coming out with the missing bag in her hands. After quickly going through her belongings, Rai discovered that her Rs 27,000 cash and ornaments kept in it were missing,” Mishra said.
The Rail SP added that Rai demanded her money and ornaments back, which Kumari returned after realising that she was surrounded by other passengers. She was handed over to the GRP soon after the train reached Patna Junction.
“We have asked a team of our officials to conduct a search in the arrested woman’s house. She will be produced in court later on. We are taking legal opinion whether to lodge an FIR here or at Allahabad where the theft took place,” Mishra said.
He also asked the passengers to always remain cautious about their luggage and valuables, as it seemed the thieves were resorting to a different modus operandi in important trains.