Affluent AC passengers are the prime suspects as over 21 lakh towels, bedsheets, blankets and other items went missing from air-conditioned coaches during 2017-18 an official said.
The passengers are suspected to have made off with precisely 21,72,246 “bedroll items” — including 12,83,415 hand towels, 4,71,077 bedsheets and 3,14,952 pillow covers — from trains across the country in the last fiscal. Besides, the Railways found 56,287 pillows and 46,515 blankets missing from the AC coaches in this period.
“Together, the missing items are estimated to cost over Rs 14 crore,” a senior Railway Ministry official told IANS. While the theft of toilet mugs, taps, flush pipes and mirrors are also reported on a regular basis, the missing bedroll items in substantial numbers has posed a challenge for the Railways, which is trying to provide better amenities to upper-class passengers. Read More
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