Mumbai, Aug 10 : Two unidentified men drugged an elderly couple from Thane on an Udipi-bound train on Monday. Once the couple fell unconscious, the men stole Rs4 lakh from them.
Railway protection force (RPF) officers said this was the fourth time an elderly couple had been robbed using the same modus operandi on the same train.
Police said Sanjeeva Shetty, 61, and his wife Rathna, 56, boarded the Matsyagandha Express on Sunday afternoon. As Rathna suffered from neurological disorders, the couple planned to seek treatment at a hospital in Manipal. This was their second such trip after they travelled to Manipal in May.
RPF officers said the couple boarded the S-2 sleeper coach with cash and valuables. Two men who boarded the train at Kurla station and were seated in the same compartment.
The men removed tetra packs of fruit juice from their backpack and offered them to the couple. However, they refused, saying they did not eat packaged food and would eat their dinner instead.
The couple said the men then pressured them to have some soup, saying it was home-made. On drinking the soup, the two fell unconscious. The men stole their gold and watch worth Rs2 lakh. They alighted at Sawantwadi station.
“Our relative Harish Shetty was seated in the AC compartment of the same train. He found them unconscious the next morning and alerted the RPF officials, who took them to Manipal Hospital in Kundapur,’ said Girish.
Sanjeeva, who owns a betel nut shop, is still unconscious. The RPF registered a case and transferred it to the Anjani railway police station.