A group of five transgenders robbed personnel of the Special Task Force (STF) of ` 25,000 in cash on a moving train near Melpakkam in the jurisdiction of the Arakkonam Railway Protection Force on Saturday, police said.
Sudeesh (27) of the STF, boarded the general compartment of the Villupuram- Purulia Express to reach his native place in Orissa on Saturday when the robbery took place.
When the train was nearing Melpakkam around 4.20 pm on Saturday, the transgenders entered the general compartment.
They accosted the passengers and demanded money. One of the transgenders asked money from Sudeesh. He gestured that he did not have any.
Taking him by surprise, the transgender put her hands into Sudeesh’s shirt pockets and searched for the money. However, he immediately asked the transgender to wait and took wads of currency from his trouser pocket.
On seeing this, the transgenders pounced on Sudeesh and snatched the cash from him. Though he tried to retrieve his money, the group overpowered him. When the other passengers tried to help Sudeesh to get back his money, the transgenders pulled the chain (emergency stop chain) and jumped off the compartment.
Sudeesh got down in Tiruthani and approached the Railway Police to lodge a complaint. They, in turn, directed him to approach the RPF in Arakkonam as the incident took place in Arakkonam jurisdiction.
Sudeesh took another train to Arakkonam and lodged a complaint with the RPF police in Arakkonam. They registered a case and launched a search for the transgenders. The Government Railway Police in Arakkonam has also launched a search for the transgenders to assist the RPF in the case.
Man Held with Gun
A 30-year-old man, who was having a country-made gun without licence, was arrested in Periyankuppam village near Ambur on Sunday.
Acting on a tip-off, a team of policemen from Ambur Taluk Station conducted a check in Vadivel’s farmland in Periyamkuppam on early Sunday morning. The police found a country-made gun hidden in the farmland.
The police officials inquired Vadivel and learnt that he did not possess valid documents and licence for the gun. He had been using the gun for poaching wild animals.
Following this, the police registered a case against Vadivel under the Indian Arms Act and remanded him.