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Jawan hurt in train robbery

Ranchi, March 4: Robbers yet again took the advantage of the absence of an escort party to target the Howrah-Bhopal Express train (13025) last night, decamping with cash and valuables worth Rs 1 lakh from around 30 sleeper class passengers and firing at a passenger.

The robbery — the fourth in a row — took place at Hehegara railway station on the CIC Section of East Central Railway’s Dhanbad division in Latehar district around 11.30pm. Army jawan Shashi Kapoor, who was travelling on the train with his family, sustained bullet injury when he tried to resist the gang that came armed with small firearms, knives and sticks.

He was admitted to Daltonganj Sadar Hospital initially, but was later shifted to Army Hospital at Namkum in Ranchi for better treatment. His condition is stated to be stable now.

Confirming the incident, superintendent of railway police (Dhanbad) Manoj Ratan said an FIR had been registered at Barkakana Government Railway Police station on the basis of statements that around 10 victims gave to police at Barwadih station.

On how Kapoor got injured, he said: “The jawan, a resident of Rohtak in Haryana, was travelling with two colleagues and had caught three robbers on the train. But when the others saw him, they opened fire and a bullet hit him. But he is out of danger now,”

A resident of Latehar said that the robbers, around 20-25 in number, had boarded the train at Latehar station around 11.15pm on Monday.

“As the train moved towards Barwadih, the next stop, they stopped it at Hehegara station by pulling the chain. Thereafter, they went on a looting spree for 30 minutes,” he added.