मुंबई Mumbai: A 20-year-old thief affected by polio in one leg and notorious for stealing copper coils from fans of railway trains was caught by the Railway Protection Force (RPF) on Monday. Though Anil Jadhav walks with crutches, he did the job of snapping off 84 fan coils from two coaches in the Dadar railway yard in two hours flat on June 30. “He has learnt how to do it quickly,” a Central Railway official said. “The theft came to light at 4.50 pm due to his own mistake. Constable Anwar Shah, who was patrolling near the coaches at Dadar, heard a noise when a coil Jadhav was removing fell to the floor.”
The official said Shah alerted his senior, H P Singh, who rushed to the spot and they nabbed Jadhav. “The thief had been inside the stationary coach for two hours. He had removed coils from 84 fans,” the CR official said.
Officials said the worth of 12-kg of copper coils taken from 84 fans is about Rs 3,600. However, the inconvenience to passengers and the railways is huge. The coaches have to be sent for repairs. Jadhav confessed that he had earlier stolen coils and sold to a scrap dealer at Sandhurst Road.
Authorities picked up Shantilal Jain from his shop on Tuesday. About 186 fan coils, weighing 27kg and worth Rs 8,100, were recovered from Jain’s shop.
Jadhav, who was earlier released on bail, is now in judicial custody. Jain is out on bail. “Jadhav has several cases registered against him at several RPF posts and we were on his trail for a while,” said Alok Bohra, CR RPF’s senior divisional commissioner.