HALF-A-DOZEN passengers onboard Jhelum Express were allegedly robbed of Rs 47,000 cash by a gang on the night intervening Monday and Tuesday.
Gang members first began playing cards in the general category in order to befriend passengers before robbing them. This is the second such incident in as many days with the same modus operandi.
Police said 10 to 12 people boarded Jhelum Express at Pune on Monday evening and started playing cards. They coerced fellow passengers to gamble with them and when the latter did not agree, the gang members said they would put money on their behalf too.
Initially they told co-passengers that the latter had won and forced Rs 200 to Rs 250 in their pocket against the Rs 100 put on stake on their behalf. Gang members forced this money into the pocket of fellow passengers.
However, later in the game the gang members declared other passengers had lost Rs 2,000-Rs 5,000 and asked them to cough up the money.
The accused allegedly surrounded passengers and forcibly took the money before they got down at Daund railway station. One of the complainants, Gulab Singh, resident of Banda, was robbed of Rs 40,000 while four others were robbed of Rs 1,000 to Rs 2,000. In all, the robbers escaped with Rs 47,000.
Although the incident occurred in Maharashtra, it was reported in Bhopal today. A complaint was registered 15 hours after the incident and if action had been taken in Maharashtra itself, the dacoits could have been nabbed, feel police officials in Bhopal.
The GRP has registered a case and transferred it to Maharashtra police. Investigations are on in this regard. Earlier on Monday, passengers onboard Goa Express were robbed on the same route. The incident had occurred between Pune and Daund and robbers beat up passengers in the general compartment before escaping with Rs 8,000.