Kurla railway police crack down on fake TTEs

The Kurla government railway police busted a racket of a gang involved in looting the valuables of north-bound railway passengers going towards Bihar and UP by posing as TTEs (Train Ticket Examiners) and arrested a 19-year-old youth. However, his four associates managed to flee from the spot.

“ Mohammed Lalababu Sheikh, 19, was booked under sections 406 (Criminal breach of Trust) and 34 (Common intention) IPC on Friday and recovered 13 stolen suitcases full of new clothes, 14 mobiles and Rs4,000 from their rented room at Dharavi.” Said Shivaji Dhumal, senior police inspector of Kurla GRP station. Dhumal said that a manhunt has been launched to nab Sheikh’s four associates.

The gang members originally hail from Bihar and UP and were operating at CST, Dadar, LLT at Kurla and Bandra Terminus for the past two years,” said Dhumal.

Describing their modus operandi, DB Pable, inspector of Kurla GRP station said, “The gang members were well-versed in Bhojpuri and Hindi. They used to keep a watch on north-bound railway passengers carrying the heavy bag with them, at booking halls of any one of terminus. Then, they befriended with the passengers after talking to them in Bhojpuri and used to collect the information such as the destination of said passengers.”

To gain the confidence of the passengers, they used to tell unsuspecting passengers that a close relative was a TTE (Train Ticket Examiner) in the train and instead of wasting their valuable time at booking office queue, they (passengers) would get a ticket easily at their relatives office at Sion-Dharavi, where the number of their baggage was to be registered.

Later, they used to take passengers to Dharavi where a closed shop was portrayed as an office. Then, one of them asked the passenger to hand over the bags to one of their associates who decamped with the bags, said Pable.

Acting on the information, the Kurla GRP team conducted a raid in a small house at Gopinath chawl on 90 Feed Road at Dharavi on Friday morning and nabbed Sheikh.

Navi Mumbai resident, Gulbahar Ansari, 30, a gunman serving in a private security agency at Navi Mumbai said, “I was duped by the gang member at Kurla Terminus on Thursday and stole my single bore rifle, Rs9,000 and other goods collectively worth Rs25,000.” .


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