In two separate incidents of theft in running trains, jewellery worth Rs.18 lakh was stolen from two passengers travelling on the Chennai-Mangalore Superfast Express and Thiruvananthapuram-Mangalore Malabar Express on Saturday.
Ponni Maran, who was travelling from Kannur to Chennai on the Chennai-Mangaluru Superfast Express, claimed that she lost gold ornaments and diamonds worth Rs.15 lakh. Railway Protection Force officials said she had around 21 sovereigns of gold in her possession and liquid cash of about ₹22,000.
In another case, Praveena Premanand, who hailing from Kasargod, lost 9.5 sovereigns of gold worth Rs. 3 lakh., including gold chain, bangles and earrings which she had kept inside a handbag. She was travelling on the Malabar Express from Angamaly to Kanhangad, and the theft came to her notice at 6 a.m.
The Kozhikode and Kannur units of the Government Railway Police (GRP) have registered two separate cases under Section 379 (punishment for theft) of the Indian Penal Code. Statements of other train passengers have been recorded
RP sources said they suspected the involvement of the same gang behind both incidents. CCTV visuals were collected from various railway stations between Thiruvananthapuram and Chennai.