Kalluru कल्लूर (KLU): Two alert Railway policemen foiled an attempt by some miscreants to loot the passengers in a sleeper coach of the Bangalore-bound Hampi Express (Train No. 16591) near Kallur in the Garladinne mandal limits by opening fire in the early hours of Saturday.
The miscreants, who had occupied berths/seats in S1 and S8 coaches, moved to the S2 compartment around 2 a.m and pulled the alarm chain and halted the train when it was pasing by Kallur. However, when the miscreants tried to snatch the gold ornaments from two women passengers in the coach, the latter raised an alarm. Railway police
constables S Siva Prasad and N Narasimhulu, who were on duty in the compartment, sensed that some trouble was afoot and opened a round of fire forcing the miscreants to abandon their ‘operation’, jump off the train and escape from the scene taking advantage of the darkness.
As National Highway 44 is close to the spot where the train was halted, it is suspected that the miscreants had pre-planned their ‘operation’ so that they could escape once it was over.
Though the two women passengers – Ratnamma and Chennamma – who were targeted by the burglars did not lodge any complaint, the railway police registered a case.
Guntakal Railway DSP KM Madhu said that providentially no one was injured in the firing.