The RPF nabbed a four-member gang for allegedly stealing packages of consumer items and selling it outside major railway stations in Mumbai.
A gang involved in stealing consumer durables — original Nokia phone bodies, covers, computers laptops — from railway trains was nabbed by the Railway Protection Force personnel.
The RPF nabbed a four-member gang including a father-son duo for allegedly stealing packages containing consumer items and subsequently selling it outside the major railway stations.
"Ahmedullahar Sheikh, Wasim Sheikh, Sainuddhin Khan and his son Asif Khan are residents of Govandi and Mankhurd in Mumbai," said PC Sinha, senior divisional security commandant, Railway Protection Force, Central Railway. He added that the RPF personnel also recovered consumer items worth Rs 65,000. The RPF had earlier registered cases against them at Bandra, Mumbai Central, Kalyan, Lokmanya Terminus at Kurla and CST for committing similar offence.
Describing their modus operandi, Shakeel Khan, inspector of RPF office at CST said, "The gang operators keep watch on parcel office for consumer items which are easily disposable such as imitation jewellery, mobile covers, mobile body, head phones, pencil batteries, and misquote bats. As soon as they would come to know of a parcel containing consumer items, they would to steal the parcel without and keep it outside the toilet of the sleeper coach of any train leaving from Mumbai. As soon as the train would start moving, one of them would remove the entire cover of the parcel containing name of the consignee, address and telephone numbers and flush it down toilet to destroy the evidence. Another person would shift the consumer items into a big plastic bag."
Khan added that the next day the gang members would distribute these stolen items to various hawkers who in turn would sell these outside the local railway stations of Mumbai.
The incident came to light last week when the gang members stole a parcel of consumer items from the CST parcel office and dumped it in Kolkata bound Howrah Mail. When the train started, the gang members using same modus operandi, shifted the entire good in jumbo size plastic bag before getting down at Dadar, where the RPF arrested them.