After failed robbery, thief assaults cashier

Apr 24, 2012, 07:29 IST | Vedika Chaubey

Gut-wrenching scream helped save booking office cashier from being looted, but unable to get any cash, the frustrated thief beat up the victim with an iron rod

The last seven days proved to be hectic for Central Railway (CR) staffers. And the woes continued in the new week, as an unidentified man bruised Rajendra Kumar Sharma, a CR cashier, in an attempt to rob him at Kalyan railway station in the wee hours of the morning yesterday. Cops have now launched a manhunt for the unknown accused based on the description Sharma has given them, and will look for clues from the CCTV footage at the station.

Robber spotting: Rajendra Kumar Sharma giving his statement to the police. Cops will now scan the CCTV footage to determine if the attacker was acting alone or if he had any acquaintances. Pic/Sayed Sameer Abedi

“We have registered a case of criminal trespassing and assault of a government servant. Also, a search operation has been launched with the help of the sketch given by Sharma,” said, A R Jagtap, senior police inspector, Kalyan (GRP). According to the cops, the 53-year-old cashier was counting money in his office when a young man aged 25-30 years entered the booking office from the back door, and tried to rob him. “When he tried taking the cash forcibly, the cashier didn’t yield and started screaming loudly. Since he couldn’t take the money, the robber hit the cashier with an iron rod,” said a railway police inspector. “On hearing the loud screams, GRP personnel rushed to the spot. However, the robber fled. We have prepared a sketch, and we will soon find him,” said Jagtap.

Cops rushed Sharma, who sustained serious injuries to his head, to the Kalyan Railway hospital and is undergoing treatment. Cops added that the robber must have been conducting a recce since a few days, and must have taken his chance when he saw Sharma alone in the office. Cops will now scan the CCTV footage to determine if the attacker was acting alone or if he had any acquaintances.

A K Singh, PRO of CR, said, “After these incidents we have decided to install a box grill at the booking offices at Kurla, Ghatkopar, Kalyan and Dadar, where there are more passengers and chances of such incidences are high. Also we are in talks with the GRP so that we can have patrolling at the booking office areas.”

What a week!
On Saturday, at the Ghatkopar railway station booking office, a doctor assaulted a booking clerk for giving him an erroneous railway pass. Instead of Parel, the booking clerk gave him the pass till Dadar. Angered with this, the doctor beat up the booking clerk and along with his friends also broke the booking office windows. A cross complaint was registered with the Kurla railway police. 

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