Chennai: Three Railway Protection Special Force (RPSF) police personnel committed robbery at Chennai Central Railway Station late last night.
The offence comes just two days after the Chennai police emphasised on becoming more friendly towards the people and top officials of the department, perhaps for the first time, took part in Friendship Day celebrations.
Police sources said that the three policemen, Iruthayaraj, 24, Aruldas, 28, and Ramakrishnan, 26, attached to the 13th battalion of the RPSF were on security duty at the Railway station.
Suddenly, the three men frisked a rail passenger, Phanindra Reddy, who was sitting inside the waiting hall, and looted money from him.
“They had assaulted the man and looted Rs 1,800 and a cellphone from him,” the sources said.
The victim immediately complained to the Railway Protection Force. Following orders from Inspector General A.G. Pon Manickavel, the three policemen were called and checked and were found to be guilty of the offence.
They were later arrested and produced before a Magistrate Court at George Town here.
They were sentenced for 15 days in judicial custody and lodged in Puzhal jail after clearing a medical check-up at the Government Hospital in Royapettah.
It can be noted that the police department has been insisting its staff to be more friendly towards the people.
Two days ago, City Police Commissioner A.K. Viswanathan celebrated Friendship Day with senior citizens in the city and reiterated that the men in khaki will be a helping hand for the people.
Also, following the alleged involvement of some police personnel in a fake passport racket, the Commissioner issued a strict warning against erring police personnel.
Besides, he has directed Inspectors to meet the public twice a day on a daily basis to listen to their grievances and to take action on them.