RPF denies involvement
A day after a large haul of cash was intercepted by the NIA and Income tax (IT) department officials at Mumbai Central railway station on Monday night, the Railway Protection Force (RPF) denied any knowledge of the clandestine activity.
“Consignments of gutkha and precious stones (diamond or bullion) are daily transferred from one station to another,” said a senior WR official, on condition of anonymity.
On an average around 300 tonnes of luggage is loaded in the luggage compartments of long distance WR trains daily. Elaborating on the modus operandi, a WR official said, “The angadias never purchase a confirmed ticket. They buy a sleeper class ticket minutes before the train departs and make sure that their tickets aren’t confirmed. They carry valuables weighing approximately 70 kg and make sure they are awake during the journey.”
Denying any of the involvement in the covert activity, Rajendra Rupnawar, senior divisional security commissioner (RPF), WR, said, “We do check the parcels randomly whenever we find anything suspicious, but with regards to the seizure of this money, it was out of jurisdiction because the city police were already escorting the consignment.”