My daughter was robbed in train
September 25, 2010 4:18am CST
Friends, 18th September 2010 was the first birthday of my twin grandsons, it was to be celebrated in Hyderabad where my elder son works. I and my wife were supposed to go, but in spite of best efforts we could not get reserved accommodation in AC 2 tier, we have it for 22md October only. My daughter went there with her husband, daughter, son and mother in law. After celebration they were supposed to visit Sirdi Sai temple in north India. They went Hyderabad station in time, occupied their reserved seats. My daughter came out to buy a magazine and son in law was outside in the platform with my son, who came to see them off, others were inside. When they went inside, they were surprised to see the big suit-case gone. It had 30,000 rupees cash, gold ornaments, 6 pair clothes, credit cards, ATM card, Fuji digital camera; and worst the railway tickets. My son in law got down to file complaint with railway police, the train left. Imagine condition of my daughter, she could reach the place Sirdi Sai after hiring a taxi from the nearest railway station, she had 1500 rupees. My son in law joined them after 18 hours. I contacted a professor friend there, who gave 20, 000 rupees on loan. I have repaid that today. They were supposed to travel to Mumbai from there, but mood was gone, tickets gone, they came back home depressed. This is really sad, any such story to share? Professor
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29 Sep 10
Professor2010, I am just glad that no one was in harm's way in this episode and I suppose we will just have to learn a lesson from this - never leave ANYTHING out of your side. I have heard that there's even abductions especially children in your country which is really frightening. Take comfort, as whatever was lost could actually be earned and replaced as compared to a human life. I know how it is to loose things and spoil the vacation mood but take it from me that there are more bizarre incidents which you'd hope would never happen on any one especially your love ones. Anyway, I hope that they had remembered to stop their ATM and credit cards from being fraudulently used or cause more loss to their hard earned savings. Take care and have a nice day.
• United States
28 Sep 10
Professor! I am so sorry to hear about your daughter. I can only say this: thank goodness she herself wasn't harmed. I too have been a victim of such burglary. In a foreign country, no less. It is scary, depressing, and you feel violated, even though, you are not hurt physically. I hope she will not let this episode keep her from traveling in the future. If she does, than the thief wins! Good luck and more happy travels to her soon.
• Shingle Springs, California
27 Sep 10
Nothing quite that awful, but on a trip to Germany, my husband's camera disappeared. We think it was stolen while we were on a bus. Later that same trip, in Prague, I was pickpocketed out of a fanny pack. I lost my favorite wallet, some cash, a credit card and my driver's license.
26 Sep 10
I am very sorry to here about this robbery. You say 'others were inside'. That means your daughter's mother-in-law and kids were inside. Kids do not know anything. At least if MIL was informed to look after the luggage, she would have been careful. Anyway, by Shirdi Sai's grace, you may get it back, we do not know. If you get it back, please write in Mylot as a discussion. I wish for that. Best of Luck.
• United States
26 Sep 10
Sorry about that. If it helps, I know how your daughter feels. My grandmother and my friends have all been robbed, and the minute they found out and got back home, they had to cancel all of their cards, they had to contact the local authorities, and they had to fill out a lot of paper work. They had to prove with whatever id they had left that they were the people they were claiming to be.
26 Sep 10
It is really worrying to note the way railway decoits are ripping off passengers these days. A similar incident took place with my parents, thankfully, during their journey back home. You have rightly filed a complaint. But I do not expect them to identify the hooligans.
26 Sep 10
You should be very careful and alert when traveling, because that is the easiest place to become a victim, i have lots of traveling experience and that is one thing, i lost or someone stole many things b4 i know when these situations are most likely to happen so i avoid them... for example if i sit next to someone i don't know when they or i leave i quickly check all the contents of my pockets, then when waiting in line i try not to stay facing one direction, i try to make sure i observe everyone and everything around me and make sure i make eye contact with as much people possible, because if you make an eye contact with a person looking to steal something, they often realize that they got noticed and change their mind... but also it is very important to not pack expensive things into suit case.... most expensive items should be in your backpack, purse, pockets and surveilled the whole time! Especially during conversation with strangers!!! In a lot of places thief's don't work alone, they work in a group and they don't talk to each other and are very hard to spot, so a good thing to remember about in these situation that any one around you could be a thief, you really don't know! I am sorry for your loss, and i hope my tips will be able to prevent future situations like this! I hope that the mood will return to normal quick, because no sense to get upset over some material items, you have lots of new things happening in life and its great reason to be happy!
26 Sep 10
That's so sad to hear but one of the least experience in life. Why? At least what were lost are just a matter of stuff that can be recuperated later. You still have to be thankful in such a way that at least you were not harmed physically and you are all alive after. Hope that serves as lesson for us all to take attention to all our belongings wherever we are and wherever we go anytime. We should always note that robbers are everywhere and even more rampant as the economy crisis goes on and while police and justice are still on their dawn. Thank you for sharing this.
• Carlisle, England
25 Sep 10
First of all, let me say how sorry I am that your daughter had her suitcase stolen in such a manner; it's just an awful situation to go through..and you are such a kind man too, repaying that money so quickly. Anyway, something similar did happen to me when I used to commute to see my (now) husband on the train. This particular night I caught a late train because all the earlier advanced tickets had been sold, so I had no alternative but to catch the last train. I estimated that I got into Carlisle at around 9.30 - 10pm, something like that. Because I was tired after working all day and the train carriage was quiet I decided to slump my head on the table and fall asleep. It was dark too so nothing outside to look at. Unfortunately, there was a guy walking up and down all the carriages stealing things as he went. As the train pulled into Carlisle I realised to my horror that my little Puma bag had gone but the bag with clothes in hadn't. I was hysterical. I couldn't believe how anyone could steal like this on a train. To cut a long story short, my husband was there to meet me on the platform, saw how distressed I was so we both relayed my story to the Transport Police, based at Carlisle Station. In the end this guy was caught in Edinburgh as that was the only stop to go, after Carlisle. His rucksack contained loads of SIM cards taken out of mobile phones (including mine) and he had lots of cash on him (some of it mine, but not a lot). Turns out he was an illegal immigrant from Ghana that wanted some easy cash. I don't know what happened to him but my guess is he was sent straight back there. Did I get my bag back? Yes, I did but the damage had been done. I could've created a fuss by putting in a claim against Virgin Trains but I generally love that company and all their trains have CCTV on them now for the passengers' safety. At that time I was on a Virgin train but it was an old Inter City one before the company brought in the modern Pendolinos and Super Voyagers we know and love today. Ironically, I've never had a problem since so I guess I made the right decision not blaming Virgin Trains. After all, it was me who fell asleep..I never did that again!
• Garden Grove, California
25 Sep 10
hi professor I am so sorry for your daughter. what an awful thing 'to happen and all that was really necessary gone because it was in her suit -case. I suppose its not going to be possible for the police to find the culprits and get back her suitcases with all its contents? I can well believe they were heart sick.That would shatter anyone's happy mood. I dont think one should ever really trust the safety of leaving a suit case unattended. I have been pretty fortunate over the years and not had anything highly valuable stolen . but I did have three different sweaters stolen righ here in Gold Crest and were never returned. I stupidly left them on a chair in the vistors lounge thinking they would be s afe while I went to the restroom, but when I came back the sweater was gone. odd too as how can the thief enjoy wearing it when I might see this person wearing it. and why steal a used garment like that, how mean can one get?
• United States
25 Sep 10
I don't know what the value of a rupee is. But,I do know not to leave my bag alone in public areas. I know she is hurt and was taken for a loop. But,she should have never left her bag for it to be taken. The crook knew this and took advantage of what he knew was his lucky day. Now he is somehwere eating good and wishing he knew where to find a few more fools to steal from. Sad but true she was foolish to let this happen. I know she learned her lesson after this and I hope all is getting better. Thanks god no one was killed during this robbery.
25 Sep 10
That is so sad. I hope the police will catch the robbers. Mine was a different story, I was in the mall with lots of shopping bags with me and I was in line in a fast food and I noticed the girl behind me was standing way to close but didn't mind her cause I was looking on food to order. So I paid, I ate, I went home. When I was about to pay the taxi I couldn't find my wallet, and I saw that my bag was slashed. OMG, I was robbed. I'm just glad the only thing she was able to take was my wallet. My cellphone and my jewelry are on the other pocket inside my bag so they were safe. This robbers are unbelievable. I hope they get jailed.
25 Sep 10
such things do happen and it is common.I relate my story.I came to Hyderabad for some examination about 30 years ago and I stayed with my cousin.On my return to my place i purchased a ticket and with all the I kept them in a I rushed in to the train when I searched fr my purse it was gone.co passengers suggested netter I get down as to how can I travel without ticket and single paisa.I got down and went to Rly Police station to complain about the theft.Do you know what the inspector asked. I asked whether I know any case of cash recovery in theft.I was young I said "No" "Write a complaint and give" he said. Accordingly I wrote a complaint. Reading the complaint he coolly replied " we will send you your money as soon as we recover"It is more than 60 yrs and I have yet to receive it...the true story did not end here.... I went home and got a loan and continued my return journey.On the way big junction came. Casually I met another cousin who was Rly Police Inspector and I told him my episode. He asked me whether I need any cash," No ".I said and requested him to pursue the matter as it a theft in the Rly station. He coolly said "this must have been done by our own people" and left...
25 Sep 10
dear professor, id say that your daughter having had a very bad experience will likely not forget it that easily. there will always be phobia whenever she is in train stations on her way to travel, and would be very keen now about the people going around. material things can be replaced as days and months pass, so she should not worry so much. she just has to be very careful next time. ann