A group of unidentified persons on Thursday looted passengers on board the Jammu-Delhi Duronto Express and decamped with several valuable items, news agency ANI reported. The incident took place in B3 and B7 coaches when the train was in the outskirts of Delhi in the early hours of the day. The matter came to light after a passenger filed a complaint through the railways' complaints portal. In the complaint, Ashwani Kumar claimed that passengers of B3 and B7 coaches of the train 12266 were targeted by the armed men when it neared the Delhi Sarai Rohilla station. According to the Chief Public Relations Officer, Northern Railways, the Railway Police Force has gathered some leads in the case, as per a report in the Indian Express.
The train departed from Jammu Tawi at 07:20 pm on Wednesday and arrived in the national capital at 04:20 am on Thursday. “As train number 12266, which stops only at its source and destination stations, was approaching the Delhi station, stopped at around 3:30 am awaiting signal, seven to 10 miscreants entered coaches B3 and B7 of the train,” Kumar said. He claimed that the robbers, who were carrying sharp-edged knives, threatened the passengers to hand over their expensive items. “They looted purses, cash, carry bags, gold chains, mobiles and many more items from multiple passengers,” he said.
He said that the passengers tried to reach the train attendant and TTE after the incident and found them after 20 minutes. The complainant claimed that when he could not find the TT or the attendant, he contacted the Delhi Police after which an FIR was registered at the destination station. “... The attendant told us that there was no security personnel available on the train. We are not safe even in AC coaches and imagine the security in sleeper class and general coaches where passengers enter the train even without tickets... ,” Kumar wrote in his complaint.
(With PTI inputs)