Vendors working for train’s pantry robbed MP finance minister, wife
Agra: The men involved in the March 19 loot of Madhya Pradesh finance minister Jayant Malaiya and his wife Sudha have been identified. Superintendent of police, GRP Agra, said the men were working with the pantry staff as vendors, and hail from Haryana and Rajasthan. A search is on for them.
Gopeshnath Khanna, SP, GRP Agra, told on Tuesday: “Most of those involved in the robbery are former contractual railway employees who worked as vendors for the train’s pantry car and hail from Ballabhgarh in Haryana and Bharatpur in Rajasthan. The accused worked for several years in scores of Express trains plying in the North-Central Railway Division and were aware of the minute details of the train’s functioning. For instance, these men knew precisely where to pull the chain at the outer to help their other gang members board the train, execute the robbery and quickly disembark.”
Senior officers with the GRP said that these jobless ex-vendors were aware of the exact strength of security personnel on the train as well as the movement of TTEs. Most of these details, they said, tumbled out during interrogation of five persons rounded up on suspicion of being involved in the robbery.
Khanna said a special team of GRP has been sent to Ballabgarh to arrest three culprits. According to GRP officers, the gang also has with them women involved in child theft cases. They mostly belong to slums on the borders of Haryana, Delhi and Rajasthan.
The gang members have previously been involved in theft and robbery incidents reported from Alwar and Bharatpur (Rajasthan), Morena and Gwalior (Madhya Pradesh), Mathura (UP) and bordering areas of Delhi and Haryana.