Akola: A criminal involved in several cases of robbing train passengers was sentenced to ten-year rigorous imprisonment by a local court here.
Sessions court judge DM Deshmukh yesterday awarded ten years` rigorous imprisonment to Yavatmal resident Dipak Sarvaiyya for robbing passengers.
Dipak`s modus operandi was to offer sweets laced with sedative to passengers. After they were rendered unconscious, the accused would decamp with their belongings.
On May 19, 2011, one Usha Narhire(17) and her brother were travelling in a train near Shegaon when the accused became friendly with them and offered them sweets. While, the girl`s brother ate it and fell unconscious, she threw the sweet and later lodged a complaint with the railway police.
Subsequently, the accused was arrested.