Gold ornaments worth over Rs1.14 crore were stolen by an unidentified man from the air-conditioned coach of the Mumbai bound Garib Rath Express on Friday near Panvel railway station.
Worli resident Sanjay Chouhan, 32, a wholesale jeweller and his associate Bharat Jain were carrying the ornaments in their bag. They boarded the Kurla LTT-bound Garib Rath at Calicut railway station in Kerala on May 23. Chouhan had kept the bag containing gold under their seat and locked it with a chain.
The theft was noticed at 10.15 am on May 24 when the train reached Panvel. Chouhan found that the lock was broken and the bag containing gold ornaments was missing. The duo searched the entire train but did not find the bag. In the meantime, the train reached at Thane. A frustrated Chouhan pulled the chain to stop the train. He then narrated the incident to the train guard and RPF personnel the theft of gold ornament worth Rs. 1.14 crore. The RPF requested him to lodge a complaint at the Kurla GRP station after the train reached Kurla.
“Kurla GRP registered a case of theft and the case has been transferred to Panvel GRP station for further investigation since the theft incident came to light at Panvel station. The case is under investigation,” said Sunil Malusare, ACP, Mumbai GRP.