An express train carrying Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) Rs 342 crore was robbed on its way to Chennai from Salem on Monday night, it had a person-sized hole in the roof of one of its coaches.
The coach had nearly 200 boxes packed with used currency notes in disrepair to be deposited with the Reserve Bank of India. Rs.5 crores has been estimated which is found missing from the train that began its journey from Salem in Western Tamil Nadu.
Police said a rectangular hole measuring around 2ft by 1.5 ft was drilled on the roof of the van that contained 226 wooden boxes of soiled but usable currency totalling Rs. 325 crore.
We usually don’t check the roof since it is a solidly-built van. The train has 12 scheduled stoppages between Salem and Chennai Egmore and police teams are looking for clues at all those railway stations,” says top police officer.
The Railway Protection Force registered a case and launched a massive investigation with the assistance of the Tamil Nadu police. Investigators have no clue as to where or how the theft took place.
The possibility of the thieves drilling a hole in the moving train is not being ruled out, though the suspicion is that they made their way into the cash van before it was attached to the train at Salem Junction or after it was detached from the rake in Chennai Egmore station.