Patna, Jan. 23: Several passengers in a coach in the 3111 up Lal Quila Express sustained injuries when a gang of armed dacoits went on a looting spree while the train was passing through a stretch between Bakhtiyarpur and Barh railway stations around 5.30 am yesterday, police said.
At least six passengers were injured in the robbery in coach S-3 of the New Delhi-bound train. One of the passengers, who was hit on the head by a chopper, is fighting for his life in a hospital in Kiul.
“The miscreants are believed to have boarded the train at Kiul station and they whipped out their weapons soon after the train picked up speed. Police are investigating on the basis of eyewitness accounts. They probably got down after pulling the chains near Barh,” said senior superintendent of police (railways) A.K. Das.
According to a FIR lodged with the police, about 12 armed men began to loot passengers soon after the train left Kiul and disembarked at Barh station.
Cash and valuables estimated at Rs 5 lakh was robbed in a 40-minute looting spree during which the robbers also bashed up anybody who had tried to speak up, police sources said.
“There were five women who were manhandled and their belongings, including their woollen clothes, were stolen,” said one Government Railway Police officer in Patna.
The robbery took place in a stretch that falls within the constituency of Union railway minister Nitish Kumar.
This is the second train robbery in the area in the last one month. Earlier, passengers of the Tata-Danapur Express were robbed, said police sources.
, adding at least 12 passengers had been injured.
The police feel a new gang seems to have started operating in the region. “The police have definite clues. The gang would soon be tracked down,” said railway police deputy inspector-general S.K. Singh.