Nizamuddin Exp theft: Women could have been drugged with sedative-laced water; Aksar main suspect
Thiruvananthapuram: Tiruvalla natives Vijayalakshmi and daughter Anjali were supposed to alight at Kayamkulam station. But they were in deep sleep despite their mobile alarm ringing at 4 am on Sunday. So was Tamil Nadu native Kousalya who was heading to Aluva.
All three were intoxicated and drugged. They were robbed of around 35 sovereigns of gold and two mobile phones in Nizamuddin Thiruvananthapuram Express on Sunday.
Vijayalakshmi and Anjali who boarded from New Delhi were heading to attend a wedding function at Kayamkulam. Kousalya was travelling from New Delhi to Aluva. The mother-daughter duo was in the same coach while the other woman was in another coach. Around 6 north-Indian migrant labourers and a Malayali who was heading to Alappuzha were the co-travellers, said Vijayalakshmi.
All three victims bought food and water from Salem junction. They had food before Erode junction and went to bed before reaching Coimbatore.
They were found unconscious by RPF personnel when the train reached Thiruvananthapuram Central station. They realised they were robbed when they regained consciousness. Eventually, all three were taken to the general hospital in Thiruvananthapuram. Around 35 sovereigns of gold and two mobile phones were stolen from Vijayalakshmi’s bags while Kousalya lost her gold earrings. The lost gold is the lifetime savings of Vijayalakshmi's family. The pockets of her pyjamas, where she kept some of the gold, were torn.
Police conclude that the robbery happened on the stretch between Salem and Coimbatore. The robbers drugged the travellers with food or water, suspect the police.
Meanwhile, police suspect the involvement of the infamous robber Aksar Bagshe. Victims have identified his picture sent Tamil Nadu RPF. Vijayalakshmi saw him when returning to the seat from the toilet. UP native Bagshe is a habitual offender who drugs train passengers and rob them in Erode and Salem areas, the police said.