Jolarpet (JTJ) : Police personnel attached to the Government Railway Police, Jolarpet Railway Junction, nabbed a history-sheeter who robbed passengers, particularly women, in moving trains. Six sovereigns of gold jewels worth around Rs.1.25 lakh and three mobile phones were recovered from him.
V Raju (alias) Rajendran (32) of Thiruverkadu in Chennai was arrested on Saturday at Jolarpet railway junction after he robbed two women passengers.
The Railway police had intensified patrolling following frequent chain snatching cases reported in Jolarpet section, particularly between Parsampettai railway gate and Jolarpet railway station, as the train travelled at less than 5 kmph speed in the stretch, police officials said.
On Saturday morning, police picked up Raju for inquiry, after he was found wandering in the station for a long time. “Since most of the policemen in the station were relatively new here, we were not able to identify him immediately. As soon as he was taken to the station, a constable told us that he was a notorious criminal. He had been involved in a number of snatching and robbery cases for nearly a decade,” inspector K Chelladurai said.
On interrogation, police found that Raju had robbed a software engineer, Srividhya, of Chennai, when she was travelling to Chennai from Bangalore in Yeswantpur Express on June 29. He had robbed 2.5 sovereigns gold jewels and a mobile phone from the woman.Similarly, he had snatched the bag of a woman Kavitha, who was travelling with her husband Prabhu, to Chennai on October 12 this year. The complainant had kept four sovereigns of gold and two mobile phones in the bag, the inspector added.
During inquiry, Raju told the police that he had pledged the jewels in a finance company. “We recovered the jewels. We will submit them in the JM Court- III in Tirupattur and the owners can recover it from the court,” inspector Chelladurai said.
He said Raju’s modus operandi was to board the reserved compartments in night trains and target women passengers close to the door. He snatched bags and gold chains from them when the train slowed down and alighted within seconds. He was remanded to the Vellore Central Prison for Men.
The police had already arrested 34-year-old notorious criminal, Ranga of KGF in Karnataka, in August this year, for robbing women passengers in Jolarpet railway station limit.