RPF constable steals woman’s hand bag on train

CHENNAI: A 32-year-old Railway Protection Force constable who stole a bag from a woman passenger on the Thanjavur-Chennai Express train was caught near Vandalur at 4.30am on Saturday.

R Pandian, who stole the bag from S Kala when she and her family members were asleep in an unreserved compartment, got off at Chengalpet and boarded a TNSTC bus to Chennai. Rummaging through the bag, he found an ATM card and a mobile phone. The personal identification number (PIN) of the ATM card had been saved in the mobile phone and Pandian found it.

He got down at Vandalur with the plan of withdrawing money and dumping the bag. He went into an ATM booth and came out with 12,000 and the bag.

Sub-inspector S Rajangam and his team from the Otteri police saw him coming out of the booth with a woman’s bag and found it odd. They asked him to stop, but Pandian began running. He was caught after a brief chase and taken to the police station.

He first said the bag belonged to his wife, but wilted under relentless interrogation. Attached to the RPF outpost in Tindivanam, Pandian was coming to Chennai to meet senior officials when he turned a robber, police said.

Police later handed over the bag to Kala. The native of Kudavasal was coming to Chennai with her husband Singaravelu and other family members when the incident occurred. Pandian was later remanded in judicial custody.