It was late night when four robbers slipped into an unguarded compartment of the Ambala passenger a few days ago. The train had just passed the Sabzi Mandi station and the next guard cabin was a kilometre and some minutes away.
The robbers ruthlessly woke up passengers and stripped them of valuables. A man and his aunt who resisted were stabbed. Just when the cowering lot thought all was lost, the compartment door slammed shut. The robbers’ luck had run out.
Constable Kuldeep had been waiting for the train down the line. Two cops on patrol duty at Pul Mithai had seen the robbers enter the train and had radioed him at the Sabzi Mandi police post. Jumping onto the running train, he quickly shut the doors and pounded the first robber who stood in his way. For all their audacity before unarmed passengers, the robbers didn’t dare take on the lone cop. Two of them saw their chance and fled but Kuldeep, assisted by passengers, caught their leader, Hemant Kumar, and another member, Kesiya. Over the next two nights a third member, Nachaniya alias secretary, was caught and police claim they not only foiled one robbery attempt but have also cracked another case.
Additional DCP (railways) Sanjay Bhatia said, “Seeing a man in uniform, the accused tried to escape. Kuldeep nabbed one accused who was carrying the booty even as passengers, who till then were mute spectators, decided to join in. Two robbers managed to escape in the melee”. A case has been registered at the Old Delhi railway station on the complaint of Hemant Sharma, a passenger from Meerut. Both Sharma and his aunt, who were stabbed by the robbers, are out of danger.
An officer at Old Delhi station told TOI that the gang was run by a man named Pramod alias Padva. “Most members of the gang reside in the jhuggis in Lahori Gate and Sadar Bazar areas. In the morning, they work as hawkers in Pilikothi area of north Delhi and turn robbers at night.”