Chennai: Forensic experts inspecting the roof of the train which was broken open by miscreants for robbing fou (Image Credit: PTI)

Indian robbers cut hole in train roof in $750,000 heist

CHENNAI, India:A gang of robbers cut a hole in the roof of a train travelling through southern India and stole more than $750,000 in cash, police said on Wednesday.

The daring heist occurred somewhere along the more than 300-kilometre (186-mile) long journey, but the missing loot was only discovered hours after the express train arrived in the city of Chennai.

The train’s mail carriage was carrying 3.4 billion rupees ($51 million) belonging to India’s central bank and was being escorted by armed police seated in the next compartment.

Police suspect about six to eight robbers made a four-foot square hole in the carriage roof using a cutting torch before escaping undetected with some of the cash. Read more...