Lakhisarai, Aug 6: Even as a series of Maoist attacks have marred the safety quotient of the Indian railways, an armed robbery in which miscreants beat up passengers and injured as many as 13 people including a GRP jawan has been reported in Bihar.
Armed robbers opened fire and beat up the passengers of an express train with rifle butts near Bhalui halt in the wee hours of Friday, Aug 6.
Railway officials said that the robbers managed to loot cash and other valuables, worth upto Rs 2 lakh, from the passengers of the Sealdah-New Delhi Lal Quila Express.
The passengers, who tied to resist the looters, were beaten up. The robbers opened fire critically injuring the jawan.
"Around 15 robbers boarded the train at Jhajha and went on a looting spree in one AC and sleeper coaches before they alighted from the train after pulling the chain at Bhalui (Sundernagar) halt in Jhajha-Quel section of the East Central Railway," officials said, adding that an FIR has been registered with the government railway police.
The injured, most of whom were Kanwarias or Shiva devotees returning to their native places after offering prayers at the Deoghar Shiva temple, Jharkhand, were admitted to nearby hospitals for treatment.