Hidden Cash In Duronto Express Triggers Alarm: ₹60 Lakh Seized, Three Suspended

Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel confiscated ₹60 lakh in cash recently from the Nagpur-Mumbai Duronto Express. The cash was concealed in parcels marked as ‘cloth’. The incident has led to the suspension of three railway staff.

What Happened: The cash was unearthed during a random inspection by the RPF on April 15, as reported by the Times of India. The inspection took place when the train arrived at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) in Mumbai. Of the 250 parcels in the brake van of the train, only eight underwent scanning, while the remaining parcels, including those containing cash, bypassed the obligatory scan.

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The Central Railway has since suspended three of its employees in connection with the incident. Additionally, authorities have imposed a fine of ₹1 lakh on the contractor who held the lease on the parcel van. The cash seizure was part of the enforcement of the model code of conduct.

Why It Matters: The incident highlights the need for stringent checks and balances within the railway system. The ability to transport a large amount of cash without detection raises serious questions about the effectiveness of the security measures in place.

The suspension of the railway employees and the fine imposed on the contractor serve as a reminder of the consequences of negligence and potential collusion in such activities. The enforcement of the model code of conduct, in this case, has brought to light a significant breach of protocol, prompting a re-evaluation of existing security measures.

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