Army`s ammunition stolen from Guwahati Express

Seventy-five bullets and electrical devices used by the Army to make explosives were stolen from Guwahati Express while being taken to the Pune ordnance factory, police said Monday.

Last Updated: May 24, 2010, 13:29 PM IST

Mumbai: Seventy-five bullets and electrical devices used by the Army to make explosives were stolen from Guwahati Express while being taken to the Pune ordnance factory, police said Monday.

The theft was discovered when the train arrived at Lokmanya Tilak Terminus station at suburban Chembur on Friday night, they said, adding that a theft case under section 379
of the IPC has been registered.

According to Dilip Gore, a senior police inspector at the Kurla GRP railway police station, personnel of the 6th Assam regiment had left from Guwahati on Wednesday along with 75 bullets and some electrical devices.
"On Friday, soon after the train had reached the station, it was discovered that the Army`s ammunition was missing from the luggage compartment. From Kurla, the regiment
personnel were to head to an ordnance factory in Pune for testing the bullets and electrical devices," Gore said.

"The toilet roof of the adjacent compartment and partition of the luggae compartment was ripped apart. The thieves did not touch any other luggage except the ammunition kept inside the trunks."
Police is not ruling out the role of Naxals in the crime as the train passes through Maoists-hit areas including Chhattisgarh.

PTI