Elusive train bandit nabbed, jewel seized

Published: 12th August 2013 09:41 AM  |   Last Updated: 12th August 2013 09:41 AM   |  A+A-

Nearly three weeks after a 34-year-old woman passenger of the Puducherry-Mumbai Dadar Chalukya Express was relieved of a 4.5 sovereign gold chain, the Jolarpet Government Railway Police nabbed the thief on Saturday and recovered the jewel from him.

Police said Ranga, a resident of Kolar Gold Field in Karnataka, was a habitual offender and was involved in several chain snatching cases in moving trains.

On Saturday, when the Coimbatore-Chennai Central Intercity Express stopped at Jolarpet junction around 11.30 am, the Jolarpet Railway Police spotted him inside the train. On suspicion, they picked him up for inquiry.

During inquiry, Ranga confessed that he had snatched the 4.5 sovereign gold chain, worth around 1 lakh, from the woman passenger of the Chalukya Express on June 22, and alighted from the train.

He said he had boarded the train when it was moving at a speed of about 5 kmph between Parsampettai Railway Gate and Jolarpet Railway Station and alighted from the train, said the police.

The police officer said the chain would be handed over to the owner through the court. Police registered a case against Ranga and remanded him in the Vellore Central Prison for Men.

The victim, R Sivagami, was travelling with husband and their child. They were travelling in berths close to the door on S2 coach of the train. The incident had occurred between 2.45 am and 2.50 am on July 22.


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp