Rajesh Kulal, a Panvel resident, missed his train and got onto another, only to wake up in a hospital, drugged and looted of his belongings.
Apparently, he was on his way to Mangaluru to wish his wife a belated birthday, which he couldn’t make it on the day because of the expensive flight tickets.
Originally he was about to take the Netravati Express, but because he missed the train he decided to travel without a confirmed seat in the general compartment of the Jamnagar Express as he was assured a seat after the train crossed Ratnagiri.
Later when he got into the train, an elderly man started making a friendly conversation with him, talking about the forthcoming elections. Three other men came and sat around him after the older man was gone for sometime excusing himself that he had to meet some friends in the other compartment.
“The elderly person acted very friendly and even showed me photographs and videos of his family. He said he was going to visit them. I was hesitant but later warmed up to him. The three men also didn’t behave strangely,” Kulal recalled while speaking to The Mumbai Mirror.
Kulal further spoke that those people started passing around food and offered him some, thinking they were genuine he took a bit too, only to wake up in the hospital next morning, robbed of his belongings, 15000 cash and his bank cards.
“After I regained consciousness, I remembered my uncle’s number and scribbled it as I couldn’t talk,” said Kulal.
But the story didn’t end here, Kulal spotted three men who had drugged him on Monday while travelling in a Churchgate local.
“One was wearing a familiar jacket. He had offered me water on Jamnagar Express,” he said.
After he managed to catch one of them, the other two jumped out of the train. He called the helpline number ‘182’ and handed over the accused, Deepak Sahu, 35, to an RPF official.
WR RPF Senior Divisional Security Commissioner, Anoop Shukla said, “As much as the victim’s alertness, the quick helpline response system also helped in nabbing the accused.”
The Andheri RPF has now handed Sahu over to the Panvel GRP. A case under sections 328 (causing hurt by means of poison, etc, with intent to commit an offence), 379 (punishment for theft) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the IPC have been registered against him.