- RPF took the migrant into custody for harassing a woman on a train
- He then threw a bag towards his friend which slipped to the railway track
- On checking the bag police found stolen ornaments and cash
- Migrant criminals have now begun to target remote houses, says police
Railway Police uncovered a robbery after a chance arrest of a migrant for harassing a woman on a train. Railway Protection Force (RPF) arrested, Mukesh, a native of Gujarat, on charges of harassment against woman, but it helped them uncover a robbery of 25 sovereigns of gold and cash amounting to ₹10,000.
RPF sleuths took him into custody from Ernakulam – Nilambur train on charges of harassing a woman passenger. As the officers took him, he threw a bag towards the platform. However, the bag did not reach his front waiting on the platform and instead fell to the tracks.
The police got hold of it and on checking it was found that it contained gold ornaments and cash. On questioning, Mukesh revealed that he broke into a house at MKK Nayar Nagar in Tripunithura, and had stolen the valuables.
Following this, police informed the house owner about the incident. Interestingly, Chandrika Narayanakutty, the owner, was not only unaware of the robbery but also didn’t knew about the gold that was kept at the house.
“I was surprised when police told me about the ornament. I didn’t know that my daughter had kept her jewellery at home before leaving for the US,” she said.
Later, Narayanankutty’s daughter was informed about the incident, and she sent the photos of ornaments through WhatsApp to the police. The officials confirmed that the stolen ornaments matched with those in the pictures.
Mukesh told police that he broke into the house along with two others. The team hid in a house near Tripunithura railway station. The gang headed for Ernakulam South Railway Station and boarded Nilambur train.
The police are trying to track down companions of Mukesh, based on details given by him. Fingerprint experts have taken evidence from the house.
“The police is planning to intensify combing operations as migrant criminals are found to be targeting remote houses near to railway stations,” Tripunithura Circle Inspector P S Shiju said.
Last Updated 31, Mar 2018, 7:07 PM