Mangaluru Central railway station.
Kozhikode: Thieves carried out robberies in two Mangaluru-bound trains early Saturday and decamped with gold and diamond jewellery and cash worth around Rs 20 lakh from two families, the railway police said.
The thefts took place in air-conditioned compartments of the Chennai-Mangaluru Superfast Express and the Thiruvananthapuram-Mangaluru Malabar Express.
Railway police officials said the robbery on the Chennai-Mangaluru train took place between Tirupur and Tirur.
A 54-year-old woman passenger, Ponnimaran, who was travelling with three other people to Kannur for a wedding noticed that her bag containing the gold and diamond jewellery worth Rs 15 lakh and Rs 22,000 in cash was stolen, police told PTI.
The family alerted the police and Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel boarded the train at the next station and recorded the statements of the passengers.
The theft on the Malabar Express took place between the Vadakara and Mahe stations.
The three members of a family, who reached Nedumbasserry airport from Singapore, had boarded the Malabar Express from Angamally and were on their way to Payannur near Kannur. As the train reached Mahe, they realised that gold worth nine sovereigns was missing," a senior railway police official said.
The RPF has launched a probe and CCTV visuals are being examined. They also launched a search at bus stands and lodges.