Recovery of two idols of lord Krishna and Radha from Mysore-bound Swarn Jayanti Express near Hoshangabad railway station on Tuesday created sensation at the Bhopal railway station.
The idols, which were brought to the city by the travelling ticket examiner, send the grapevine aflutter with talks that the statuettes were made of pure gold and were estimated to cost over Rs 1 crore. Whispers also had it that the figurines were being smuggled.
The idols were reported to have been found in an abandoned bag in coach A-1 of the train and handed over to on duty travelling ticket examiner (TTE) Azeem Khan by a passenger.
Khan, who brought the idols to Bhopal railway station and later handed them over to the GRP, in fact told media persons gathered on the station that the statuettes were made of gold, lending more weight to the gossip.
The excitement, however, fizzled out soon after the GRP confirmed that the idols were made of bronze and belonged to Anil Jain, a resident of Pune. An air ticket, from Pune to Delhi, was also recovered from the bag.
Investigation officer, YB Mishra said the GRP was gathering details about Jain and he would be informed about his missing bag. "It appears that a passenger who was travelling in the same coach forgot to take his bag," Mishra said, ruling out smuggling.
Meanwhile, Mishra said it would be inquired why the TTE had not informed the government railway police (GRP) about the recovery of the idols at Itarsi railway station and brought them directly to Bhopal.
"A complaint has been lodged with the railway administration about the TTE's act…He should have informed the GRP Itarsi and handed over the bag to them," Mishra said.
TTE Khan, however, maintained that he had informed his senior officers and also to railway control room in Bhopal and did what they had instructed him to do. Khan said that a case had been registered and investigation was on.
Senior divisional commercial manager (SDCM) of Bhopal rail division, Brijendra Kumar said, "I have to check whether Khan had informed the control room. As of now, we are trying to get information about the passenger, so that he can be informed about his missing belongings."