MUMBAI: A 31-year-old woman, whose luggage containing valuables worth Rs 24 lakh were stolen from a long-distance train earlier this year, got it back from the railway police recently.
On February 2, Sonam Mehta and her children boarded the Gujarat Express from Mumbai Central Terminus to travel to Surat. Mehta put her luggage on the overhead rack and nodded off around 5.45pm.
When the train reached Borivali station, Mehta woke up with a start and noticed that her luggage was missing. She immediately called up her husband. The bag contained clothes, cash, jewellery and other belongings. Two days later, her husband registered a complaint with the Borivali GRP.
“We examined CCTV footage from Borivali station and noticed a man getting off the coach that Mehta had occupied. He was carrying luggage which matched the description she had provided. The footage was circulated to all GRP chowkies and railway’s crime branch,” said an officer.
A month later, the Bandra unit of the crime branch tracked down the thief. But it took several months more for Mehta to get back her valuables. After making several rounds of the court, her plea for ‘return of property’ was finally accepted and she got back all the valuables from the police.

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