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Cutting a hole in train roof, robbers loot Rs 5 crore RBI cash

India TV News Desk Chennai 09 Aug 2016, 23:41:56 PM IST
India TV News Desk

Straight from a scene in any high-voltage action film, thieves in Tamil Nadu performed a robbery that was beyond imagination.

They cut through the roof of a train coach in Tamil Nadu and escaped with as much cash as Rs 5 crore belonging to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), police said.

The audacious robbery came to light when the Salem Express reached Chennai from Salem in the state.

According to officials, the RBI booked a coach in the train.

The bank had reportedly loaded 228 trunks with currency, estimated at around Rs 340 crore. But some officials said they were all soiled notes.

It is not know how much cash was robbed.

The robbers seem to have entered the coach after cutting through the roof sometime during Monday night or early on Tuesday when the train reached Virudhachalam.

Another theory is that the robbery could have happened soon after the train left Salem and before it reached Virudhachalam as the route was non-electrified route. On the other hand, the route between Virudhachalam and Chennai is electrified.

(With IANS inputs)