Pro level: Robbers decamp running train with Rs 5.78 crores
Chennai: In what can be termed as a Bollywood styled heist, robbers broke open the roof of Salem-Chennai Express to loot Rs 5.78 crores in cash.
The cash was part of the consignment of soiled currency which the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) was sending for destruction.
The heist was detected on Tuesday morning after the train arrived in Egmore of Chennai.
It may be pointed out that a team of armed police personnel escorted the van and were in the adjoining compartment.
According to the police, a rectangular hole measuring around 2X1.5 ft was drilled on the roof of bogie that contained 226 wooden boxes of soiled but usable currency totalling Rs. 325 crore.
The incident came to light around 1100 hours when workers entered the van after the seal of the compartment was opened by RBI officials in the presence of police personnel but the currency kept in four chests was found to be stolen.
- An FIR in this regard has been registered by the railway protection force (RPF).
- Manhunt and investigation have been launched.
- The police was also investigating the CCTV footage.