The Yashwantpur-Jaipur holiday special train was targeted by a gang of dacoits near Jinti Road station in Solapur around 4 am on Monday. Passengers stopped the train at Pune railway station for 45 minutes when the Government Railway Police (GRP) initially refused to register a complaint.
Platform number 3 at Pune railway station, where the Yashwantpur-Jaipur special train was halted by passengers on Monday morning. Pics/Mohan Patil
Passengers in general bogies S4, S5 and S6 were looted of their cash, ornaments, mobile handsets and other valuables by about 15 dacoits, who were armed with sharp weapons. Manisha Manojkumar Dhoka, a passenger from Rajasthan, has lodged a case against the unidentified assailants in this regard.
The train was headed to Jaipur via Pune station. As it reached Jinti Road station between Kurduwadi-Daund, the train halted at the crossing. At that time, a gang of suspected ‘pardhis’ entered the general bogies and started threatening passengers. A total of Rs 1.65 lakh worth of cash, valuables were looted by the robbers.
After the sudden attack, stunned passengers met railway officials at the Pune station where they were instructed to register an FIR. Since the incident happened in the Solapur division, GRP officials told them to file their complaint in that division. However, irate passengers demanded that their complaints be registered at the Pune railway station itself and threatened to stop the train till their demands were met.
Y K Singh, spokesperson of Pune Railway Division, said, “The train was stopped for 45 minutes at platform number 3 on Monday morning. That time slot was free, and other trains’ journeys were not hampered due to this incident.” Refuting all the allegations, Superintendent of Police (GRP) Vishwa Pansare said, “Our team responded immediately to the commuters’ concerns. We instantly provided police officials to record their complaints. All the complaints were lodged during the journey when the train departed from Pune station.”
“GRP has appointed special squads for investigating the incident. Around 35 passengers were targeted by the suspects at Jinti Road station, which is not an official stop of the train. The train was halted for letting other trains pass. We have now decided
to take additional precautions for overnight trains,” Pansare told mid-day.