BENGALURU: A drunk man walking away with a bundle of bedsheets meant for A/C compartment passengers on a long-distance train was caught red-handed at Krantivira Sangolli Rayanna railway station, thanks to an alert passenger and the on-board staff.
The incident took place at 7 pm on Wednesday in B1 coach of Karnataka Express (Bengaluru City -New Delhi) stationed on Platform-1. The thief was taken by the Railway Protection Force personnel to the RPF post on Platform 5 for interrogation. The sight of the man, who appeared to be in his late 30s, being dragged away by cops created commotion and curious passengers gathered there to see what was happening. Mohammed Ali, a passenger who was strolling along the platform as he waited for his train to depart at 7.30 pm, spotted the man walking in a wayward fashion with a huge bundle held close to this chest. “Carrying the big bundle, he almost tripped. I went to help him to his feet and sensed he was drunk. Bedroll staff seated on the bench nearby saw something was happening and came over,” he said. Jitendra Singh, an employee of Texline, which takes care of the supply of bedrolls on this train, was relieved the bundle did not vanish.