A 21-year-old Swedish national was robbed of his bag while he was travelling from Karnataka to Mumbai on Sunday. The foreign national identified as Grim Ralf Bergmann, a resident of Sundsvall in Sweden, was on a six-month trip to India and had boarded a long-distance train from Karwar in Karnataka on March 4.
When he got down in Mumbai, Bergmann figured that his baggage, which had his mobile phone, passport, visa, documents, clothes and Rs26,000 was missing. The Swedish national panicked and he was directed to a beat chowky of Kurla police station. But Bergmann lost his way near the station area, and in panic, started weeping. A constable who saw Bergmann took him to the beat chowky of Kurla police station.
Bergmann could not recollect the train he travelled in, but told police officers that after he boarded the train he kept his bigger bag below the seat, and used his smaller hand bag as a headrest. Bergman in his statement to the police said, “I arrived in Mumbai three months back and then travelled to Goa and Mangalore. Later, I visited Hampi in Karnataka and Kerala, following which I had planned to see the northern part of India after travelling in Mumbai for a while.”
“When I woke up with the noise that the co-passengers were making, I learnt that the last station in Mumbai was about 10 minutes away. I looked for my luggage and was shocked to see my baggage missing,” said Bergmann.
Bergman inquired with some locals who guided him to Kurla police station. But Bergman got lost near Kurla station area. It was then that the constable spotted him and took him to a beat chowky of Kurla police station.
Assistant police inspector Sunil Lomte of Kurla police station said, “The constable couldn’t understand the language in which the foreigner was talking to him so after he got her to the beat chowky, I asked him to message his mother on Facebook, and passed on my personal number to her. Fortunately, his mother was online and called me instantly following which his relative from South India was informed.” The cops helped the victim with food and shelter for two days as the consulate was closed on the weekend. After his relatives arrived from South India, he was handed over to them.
A case has been registered under Sections 379 (punishment for theft) of the Indian Penal Code and the case has been transferred to Kurla GRP as the incident occurred inside the train.