Mumbai : If a thief makes off with your money or bag in a long-distance train at night, heaven help you. This is what two women passengers aboard the Mumbai-bound Rajdhani discovered on Thursday.

They found that the ticket-checker was sozzled and that the on-board railway cop was missing.

Satya Rajmohan, a pilot with Indian Airlines, was on her way to Mumbai by the Rajdhani Express on Thursday. When the train passed Surat at 5 am, Rajmohan realised that her purse with Rs 38,000 in cash and a gold bracelet was missing from her seat in the III tier AC coach of the train.

Soon, it became evident that four other commuters too had their valuables missing. According to the Government Railway Police (GRP) at Mumbai Central, which registered the FIR, the RPF constable in the coach was missing when the commuters started looking for him. Rajendra Trivedi, the Senior Police Inspector of Mumbai Central GRP, said, “Ideally it is the TC who notes such incidences on the moving train or the RPF but since the TC was drunk, the women came to us when the train reached Mumbai Central.”

Rajmohan along with Neeta Bakodiya, another victim, approached the station master, who then accompanied them to the GRP. A case has also been registered against the ticket checker who was allegedly drunk under section 174 of the Railways Act.

Rahul Jha, Senior Divisional Security Commissioner of the RPF said, “We have sent the blood samples of the TC to the hospital and the reports are awaited. The reports will be submitted in the magistrate court and stern actions will be taken if he is found guilty.”

Shailendra Kumar, Divisional Railway Manager, said, “The staff under allegation have been grounded while the reports are awaited. Necessary actions will be taken if the TC is found to be guilty of the charges.”

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