Pickpocketing during MOSR’s flagging off ceremony leaves Railwaymen, Journalists numb

Bhopal: A senior spokesperson of the Railways and a senior journalist faced an embarrassing situation on Friday when they found that their pockets had been picked while they were at a function to flag off a new train by the Union Minister of State for Railways Mr. Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury. Not only the spokesperson and journalist, but several others, including a TV correspondent also became targets of the unidentified pickpocket(s) during the function where Adhir Ranjan Choudhary flagged off the Habibganj-Indore Double-Decker train at Habibganj station. Press Information Bureau’s Additional Director General and Railway spokesperson Anil Saxena said his wallet, with USD 80, two pen-drives and nearly Rs 1,500 in cash in it, was picked at the station.

Saxena discovered the theft when the journalist called him to inform him about his own missing wallet. He said he had asked Railway Protection Force officials to file a report with the Government Railway Police. According the journalist, his wallet was stolen when he was trying to enter the venue on Habibganj Railway Station’s platform 4-5 from where the minister was supposed to flag-off the train.

Case is registered and Railway Police are investigating the case by verifying the CCTV footages.

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