Pune: Have you ever stepped out of a place to constantly have a nagging feeling that there is something missing. Especially after a long train journey, most have huffed and puffed out of the coaches, carrying big luggage, only to leave behind those inconspicuous, small things.
Books, spectacles, cameras are not the only articles that passengers leave behind in a train. Sometimes, even a stroller has managed to escape attention. These items are taken into custody by the railway police force (RPF) for a minimum of two months after which, if there is no claimant for the items, then the tender for loss of property item is rolled out and an auction is held at the Pune railway station parcel office.
Railway authorities claims that over 85 per cent of these items are left behind in long distance trains as passengers are in a hurry to get off the train at their desired destination and tend to leave something or another behind.
Senior police inspector of Pune RPF, D.S. Rajput said, “We check the luggage with a dog squad team. On an average, around twenty items in a month is left behind. The item is kept in police custody and if no first investigation report (FIR) is lodged then we inform the railway authorities.”
Public relation officer of Pune railway division, Yogendra Kumar Singh said, “Over 90 per cent of the passengers travelling in long distance trains tend to leave behind stuff. Reading glasses, sunglasses, watches, books, cameras, headphones, pillows and clothes are common things found in trains.”
Singh added, “Whenever we get a lost item we try to find out the details of the passenger from the reservation slip. If we do not get any claimant for two months then the item is auctioned on 25th of each month. Money from it is used for beautification of the railways.”