Several train passengers, many of them sleeping, were robbed by armed men early this morning at a railway station in Uttar Pradesh’s Kanpur. The gang attacked three trains that were waiting for clearance to leave. Among the trains that were robbed, the Vaishali Express and the Lokmanya Tilak Express are superfast trains. “I was sleeping…when I woke up, I saw four men with knives and guns,” said Lala, a passenger with his head bandaged from a knife wound. “They snatched bags, purses, wallets…One man held a knife on me and another snatched my bag and mobile,” he said.
A few are believed to have been injured. After going from train to train looting passengers, the men ran away. The railway police say they robbers have not been identified. “Our trains were at Kanpur outer near a bridge. I saw a passenger stabbed in his thigh,” said Railway policeman Shyamvrat Singh Yadav. Uttar Pradesh’s Akhilesh Yadav government is facing opposition attacks over crime in the state, where elections will be held in a few months.