Telangana top cop assaulted, robbed in train

The incident happened when the victim was travelling in the Secunderabad-Gudur Simhapuri Express train in Nellore district.

S.M. Ratna, deputy director of Telangana State Police Academy, Hyderabad, was assaulted and robbed by a lone chain snatcher when she was travelling in the Secunderabad-Gudur Simhapuri Express train in Nellore district here on Saturday morning.

The 54-year-old non-cadre superintendent of police was travelling in the bogey meant for the physically handicapped persons at the time of the incident, which took place at Challa Kaluva spot, about 5 km away from the Gudur railway station around 9.30 a.m.

Ms. Ratna suffered heavy blows on her face and got heavy swellings but there were no fractures. She was rushed to the Apollo Speciality Hospitals in Nellore where doctors declared her condition as stable and secure.

Initially under emergency care, she was later shifted to recovery room. “She is receiving treatment for swellings on the face. She can be discharged in one or two days,” said Dr. P.S. Vishnu Vardhan, unit head, Apollo Hospitals.

The robber rained blows on Ms. Ratna and snatched from her a gold chain with dollar, two bangles, two rings, Rs. 2,000 cash and her identity card. She was not carrying any service revolver at that time and she was going from Secunderabad to attend a private function in Chennai.

Ms. Ratna told the police that the assailant boarded the train at Ongole and there were also three railway gang men travelling in that bogey. The railway staff got down at the Nellore station. As she was left alone, the robber took advantage and assaulted her.

Based on her complaint, a case of assault and robbery has been booked by the Government Railway Police, Gudur railway station. A search is on to nab the culprits.

Ms. Ratna had to travel by the Charminar Express but she missed it and then boarded Simhapuri Express. The officials said that considering her travel plans, she should have got down at Nellore station and left for Chennai by Pinakini Express or by bus for safety sake. Seventy to eighty per cent of the Simhapuri Express train becomes empty in Nellore as its final destination is Gudur, only 35 km away.

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