Linen and other items worth Rs 2.5 crore were stolen by passengers in trains run by the Western Railway in the last fiscal, an official said Thursday. The revelation comes after a passenger was nabbed for allegedly stealing blankets and bedsheets in an air- conditioned coach of a train on Monday.
Shabbir Rotiwala was arrested at the Ratlam railway station in Madhya Pradesh on Monday after three blankets, as many pillows and six bedsheets of the railways were recovered from his bag when he alighted from the Bandra-Amritsar Paschim Express, according to a railway police official.
During 2017-18, around 1.95 lakh towels, 81,736 bedsheets, 55,573 pillow covers, 5,038 pillows and 7,043 blankets were stolen by passengers from trains, as per figures provided by the Western Railway (WR).
“In terms of money, the WR has lost linen and fittings worth Rs Rs 2.5 crore in the last fiscal. This is besides properties damaged by passengers and sometimes by protesters,” a WR official said. Read More
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