In what seems to be straight out of the Dhoom series, a group of thieves robbed a train in a dramatic way in Tamil Nadu on Tuesday. The Reserve Bank of India booked a railway coach to transport money from Salem in Tamil Nadu, and robbers cut through the roof of the coach and escaped with an undisclosed sum of money on Tuesday morning.
The officials from RBI found out the robbery had taken place after the coach attached to the Salem Express reached the Chennai Egmore railway station. But they have yet to estimate the amount of money missing from two trunks that the robbers had opened. “The train was carrying 228 trunks packed with Rs 342 crore in banknotes. The money weighed around 23 tonnes. This is the first such robbery in a moving train”, railway police DIG, Bhaskaran, told the media.
Investigators suspect that the robbers boarded the train somewhere along the way, used steel-cutters and welding machines to make a hole on the roof, and bolted with the loot at Virudhachalam, where the train halted for some time around 1.30am. The CCTV footage at the station showed some people trying to open a ventilator of the coach, which was locked and sealed from outside, with nobody inside.