Government Railway Police (GRP) on Friday claimed to have busted a gang of inter-state robbers by arresting five accused of committing robberies on trains running in Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Delhi, West Bengal, Odisha and Uttarakhand. The police recovered valuables including jewellery and cash worth about Rs 22 lakh from them.

According to GRP, all the accused hailing from Haryana belongs to Sansi tribe which is infamous for their involvement in criminal activities. Accused identified as Anil Sansi, Jagpal Sansi, Vinod Sansi, Mahipal Sansi and Jogendar Sansi were nabbed after a joint operation by GRP Bina, GRP Gwalior and GRP Khandwa in the wake of increasing number of incidents of robberies on trains in the state.

“The accused have confessed to committing at least 11 robberies on trains in the state. They mainly targeted passengers travelling in sleeper and general coaches who were easily accessible,” said deputy inspector of police, GRP, Bhopal, Anil Sonkar while addressing media persons during a press conference at GRP police station, Bhopal.

Sonkar said the gang mainly targeted female passengers and other passengers when they were asleep.  “They used to first become friendly with their victims by interacting with them and then cautiously slipped their luggage under the guise of adjusting them for the passengers. They used to target trolley bags which they believed were easy to handle. After slipping off a bag, they would often form a human chain in the coach and then take it out of the coach whenever a station comes. Sometimes they also committed robbery by simply snatching passengers’ luggage like ladies handbag or purse and flee. Investigations are on to find the involvement of any other members of the gang,” added Sonkar.

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