The Karnataka Railway police have arrested a 33-year-old assistant loco pilot working in the Mysuru railway division for allegedly stealing valuables from passengers at night.
The man has been identified as Pudi Swaraj, a resident of Sakleshpur in Hassan district. The police have recovered goods worth Rs 3.3 lakh from his possession, including laptops, gold ornaments, mobile phones and others.
A native of Vizianagaram in Andhra Pradesh, Swaraj joined South Western Railways in 2021 and worked for a goods train travelling between Mangaluru and Sakleshpur. A police officer said that on January 25, Swaraj was caught red-handed at Sakleshpur railway station with some materials that he had stolen from passengers.
A police officer said that Pudi was not on duty but was wearing his uniform when he was caught and upon checking the trolley bag he was carrying, they found the stolen items.
Upon interrogation, Swaraj confessed to the crime and when a police team searched his house in the railway quarters, they found more stolen valuables. In his statement he said that he was in deep debt due to loans taken during his wedding and added that his father, Pudiswamy Naidu, is facing health issues so he started stealing from passengers to get his father treated.
The railway police had formed teams after an employee of a private firm travelling in an AC coach on the Bengaluru-Mangaluru train reported theft of his laptop on January 21.