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Special team to probe train robbery

A special team led by Patna superintendent of railway police Upendra Kumar Sinha has been constituted to conduct an inquiry into Tuesday nightís robbery on the Ranchi-Patna Jan Shatabdi Express.

Government railway police (GRP) inspector-general Nirmal Kumar Azad and superintendent of railway police (SRP) Sinha reached Gaya on Wednesday on their way to Koderma for the probe.

The IG said the special team would probe the robbery in coordination with Jharkhand and Bihar GRP and district police teams. The district police have been asked to conduct raids. The IG claimed he had some clues and talked of a breakthrough soon. He ruled out Maoist hand in the robbery.

As the crime took place between Nathnagar and Yadugram railway stations on the Gaya-Dhanbad Grand Chord section, under the jurisdiction of Koderma GRP, the passengersí complaint, lodged with Gaya GRP on Tuesday evening, has been transferred to Koderma GRP.

Around 25 armed men looted 73 passengers on the trainís air-conditioned chair car coach C2. They decamped with laptops, mobile phones, cash, ornaments and other valuables worth over Rs 30 lakh from the passengers. The passengers said the intruders boarded the train at Koderma and began looting as soon as the train rolled out around 7.33pm on Tuesday. They thrashed some passengers who resisted. The loot continued for 10km, between Nathnagar and Yadugram stations.

The criminals pulled the chain near the outer signal of Gurpa station and fled. The train was without an escort from Bokaro station. An escort party boarded the train at Gaya.


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