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10 drugged, robbed on train

Malda, April 12: Ten persons, including a baby, travelling in a group of 11 on the Guwahati-bound Brahmaputra Mail from Delhi in a reserved compartment were drugged and robbed last night.

All of them have been admitted to the district hospital in Malda.

The government railway police (GRP) sources said the passengers were from different places in South Dinajpur and Malda districts. They were returning from Delhi where they had gone for work as labourers.

Yasman Bibi, the lone woman in the group, said they had got acquainted with two youths on the train. They offered them grapes and then juice last night.

“I was the only person who did not take the grapes and the juice offered by the duo. But my son Abu Taleq had taken the juice last night. He was not responding when I called him repeatedly when the train reached Malda. I panicked and started crying,” Yasman Bibi said.

Yasman said all other nine men were also in deep sleep. Her cries attracted the GRP personnel at the Malda station and they brought down all the drugged passengers.

They were later admitted to the district hospital. The two youths had told the group that they were also going to Malda.

During investigation, the GRP learnt that the youths had got down at a previous station when the passengers were under the influence of drug.

The duo had taken away over Rs 35,000, eight mobile phones and clothes. Many of the labourers were unconscious till late this evening, the hospital sources said.

The superintendent of police of Malda, Satyajit Bandyopadhyay, said the GRP had registered a case and they were looking for the two youths.

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