A man posing as a TTE (Train Ticket Examiner) with two woman accomplices impersonating as RPF (Railway Protection Force) personnel, robbed a 19-year-old girl on the August Kranti Express on Wednesday.
Sapna Dwivedi, a Mira Road resident was fleeced of gold ornaments, cash and a mobile phone, worth Rs52,000 and was beaten up before being forced to alight at Baruch station.
Dwivedi boarded the Mumbai-Nizamuddhin Express at Borivali station at 6.15 pm on Wednesday. A TTE checked her ticket shortly after the train crossed Bhayander station.
However, after the train crossed Virar station, another TTE in uniform checked her ticket and told her that the ticket was not confirmed. He asked her to vacate her seat and asked another passenger to occupy it instead. Dwivedi was asked to stand near the toilet besides two other lady passengers.
After Dwivedi and the two passengers refused to pay Rs2500 each as fine, the TTE contacted someone on his mobile phone at Vapi station.
Within minutes, two women wearing khaki-coloured salwar kameezes boarded the compartment and started frisking Dwivedi and the two passengers and began checking their luggage.
When Dwivedi refused to comply, she was hit by the two women who forcibly took her gold earrings, a gold bracelet, a gold chain, her mobile phone, clothes in her bag and Rs5000 in cash — collectively valued at Rs.52,000. The women dressed in khakis also bashed up the two woman passengers.
When the train reached Baruch station at 10 pm, the trio pushed Dwivedi and her co-passengers on to the platform and tore their tickets and identity cards.
They also snatched two bags belonging to the Dwivedi’s co-passengers. The ‘TTE’ and his accomplices proceeded with their journey in the train. Dwivedi returned to Mumbai and lodged a complaint at Vasai Road railway police station.
She, however, could not be reached for comment.
Confirming the incident, Deputy Commissioner of Police ( Western Railway Zone) Anil Tamaychekar said, “We have registered case under sections 170 (Personating as a public servant), 149 (Punishment for cheating by personating), 394 (Voluntarily causing hurt in committing robbery) and 39 ( Common intention) IPC and further investigation is on.”
He added that passengers who come across similar incidents, they must contact the railway police helpline at 9833331111 or alert the RPF personnel patrolling on the outstations trains.