‘Roof too strong to be drilled open from outside’

The personnel of the Railway Protection Force conducted combing operations in Salem Railway Junction, where the parcel van carrying 226 boxes of mutilated, soiled and damaged currency notes was attached to the Salem – Chennai Egmore express train.

Led by P. Rajmohan, Divisional Security Commissioner, RPF, Salem Railway Division, the personnel combed the platforms in Salem Railway Junction and also the areas in its vicinity for the presence weapons used for damaging the roof, damaged roof of the van etc.

Later, the RPF team visited the Attur Railway Station in Salem – Vridachalam section and inspected the station premises.

Meanwhile, Hari Shankar Verma, Divisional Railway Manager, told presspersons in the evening that the bank had booked a parcel van for transporting 23 tonnes of soiled and mutilated currency notes by paying Rs. 44,620 as charges.

He said that the train reached Vridhachalam Junction ahead of its scheduled arrival time of 11.55 p.m. and departed after a delay of ten minutes from its scheduled departure time.

Mr. Verma said that the roofs of railway coaches are so strong that it will be practically impossible to drill it open from outside with portable or welding instruments. Heavy power will be needed for drilling a hole through the roof, he added.

He said that as usual, the train was hauled by a diesel loco from Salem to Chennai Egmore and a couple of RPF men were on routine security duty in the overnight train for the safety of the passengers.

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