The government railway police (GRP) received an anonymous call around three days ago informing them about two suitcases kept in the cloakroom at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) allegedly containing unaccounted for cash.
The GRP informed the central railway authorities and have requested them not to give away the bags without intimating them.
“We have asked the railway authorities to give us details of the passengers who own the luggage. The bags are in the custody of the Railway Protection Force (RPF),” said Tukaram Chavan, the railway police commissioner.
The police said the caller gave a detailed description of the suitcases. I
nitially, the railway police assumed it was a prank call. However, they wrote a letter to the railway authorities on Saturday morning informing them about the intelligence they had received.
Railway police sources said a person named Vijay kept the first suitcase in the cloakroom on April 28 and the second suitcase was kept by a woman named Mamta on April 29.
V Malegaonkar, chief public relations officer (central railway) said, “The GRP has requested us not to hand over the suitcases to the owners without informing them (GRP). We will do the same. As per the rules, the suitcases are sealed which is why we do not have the authority to open them.”
Railway authorities said the passengers have to show their railway tickets to use the cloakroom to store their luggage.
They are supposed to collect the luggage within 30 days. Authorities sealed the luggage, as per procedure, and then kept in the cloakroom.
While one lock is given to the owner of the luggage, a duplicate key is always kept with the railway authorities.
In case the passenger fails to return within 30 days, the RPF has full authority to open the baggage to check its contents.
V Malegaonkar, Chief Public Relations Officer (central railway) said, “We will wait for the passengers to collect their belongings. Meanwhile, we will also try to get their details with the help of their tickets.”
Baggage in stored in the cloakroom after being thoroughly scanned. “There is nothing that can cause any harm to passengers and hence the suitcases are still in the cloakroom. We scanned the suitcases again and found nothing suspicious,” said a RPF officer requesting anonymity because he is not authorised to talk to the media.