Three cops rob train passengers, deposit cash in victim’s account
PUNE: Three policemen, who were arrested for two incidents of thrashing and robbing passengers on the Pune-Patna express train between Daund and Ahmednagar railway stations, deposited Rs 24,000 in the bank account of one of the complainants in the hope that he would not pursue the case further.
This startling fact came to light during investigations by the government railway police (GRP), Pune, in the two cases filed against police naik Balasaheb Shinde and havaldars Sudhir Dhiwar and Vikas Dagde. All three are serving with the GRP at Ahmednagar but live at Khadki, near here.
Deputy superintendent of police Dattatraya Sonawane of the GRP said on Friday that the bank payment slip of one of the policemen who deposited the money has been seized.
“We have also obtained the complainant’s bank account statement showing that the money had been deposited. In their statements, the policemen had denied depositing the money. However, we have obtained their fingerprints and handwriting specimens and have sought the opinion of the state criminal investigation department, Pune,” he said.
On July 26, the three policemen were on night patrol on the train. Around 11 pm, they entered the S-7 sleeper coach and thrashed Rajendra Sharma alias Thakur (65) of Bihar, Chittaranjan Rajput (47), Sandeep Rajput (21), both from Uttar Pradesh, Ramesh Singh (35) of Allahabad and Ajay Patil (33) of Sangli with sticks, belts and a rifle bayonet. They snatched Rs 15,000 from the passengers, of which Rs 12,000 was Thakur’s.