Mumbai: The Nagpur division of Railway Protection Force (RPF) have apprehended four female passengers on a long-distance train for smuggling liquor in the toilet. These female passengers boarded the Dakshin Express and carried their consignment inside the toilet.
RPF officials of Nagpur conducted raids on the express train after receiving a tip-off. During the raids, one official could smell the odour of liquor from the toilet. “No one responded to the knocks on the door of the toilet and it was locked. After we raised an alarm, the passengers unlocked the door. Later, we arrested all four women,” said an RPF official.
The officials of Nagpur seized a consignment which consisted of nine bags and they were carrying them illegally to the dry city of Nagpur. The officials have intercepted a total consignment of more than 1,500 bottles of country-made liquor which were smuggled in cloth bags.
Officials said the liquor is purchased in Madhya Pradesh and sold in Chandrapur district of Nagpur. “They sold it here as the market value is five times more than what they get there,” said the officials. Officials said such incidents would keep being repeated until a policy decision is made by the government to stop smuggling of liquor on trains.
“Such incidents keep happening every month. Lady passengers are usually the carriers of such consignments of liquor as they are not checked by anyone,” said the official. The accused were identified as Sarita Sanjay (36), Sneha Kanjar (45), Laxmi Surendra (30) and Puja Amit (26). All four hail from Jabalpur district of Madhya Pradesh. They were arrested by the state excise department officials under section 65A of Bombay Prohibition Act for importing or exporting intoxicant.