Cops disguised as beggars, scrap collectors bust copper wire theft racket


Cops on ambush duty dress in plain clothes, put on a plastic bag and hide behind bushes and under parked trains

The Railway Protection Force (RPF) is not beating around the bush to catch culprits and curb cases of copper wire theft, but is ambushing them. The officials, often dressed in plain clothes as beggars or scrap collectors, have been hiding on the tracks to nab those trying to make a quick buck by stealing the precious copper wires, whose thefts end up disturbing the punctuality of trains.

Cops on ambush duty dress in plain clothes, put on a plastic bag and hide behind bushes and under parked trains. They decided to deploy this technique after over 15 cases of signal wire theft were registered in Central Railway's Mumbai pision. On March 10, the Dadar RPF were successful in catching a thief through this method.

How it began According to the police, around 12.15 am that day, a signal cabin control officer noticed a signal fluctuating between Kurla and Sion railway station and immediately informed the operating control room, which in turn told the pisional security control room the exact location where they noticed the fluctuation. This protocol is undertaken whenever anyone toys with the highly valued copper wire used in signal cables.

Satish Menon, senior RPF inspector, Dadar said, "Once we were informed about this, we immediately asked our field officer to reach at the site immediately. He then found a man who was cutting the wire with the help of blade. Our officers detained him and found three pieces of 3-ft-long copper wires." The wires are worth Rs 18,000 each.

Mathura Prasad Nishad was caught stealing wires

Did it for the alcohol The man, identified as Mathura Prasad Nishad, 26, was then arrested. Dadar RPF registered a case against him under section 3 (a) of the Railway Property Unlawful Possession Act and 174 (c), and section 147 of the Railways Act. Nishad was stealing the wires because he needed money to buy alcohol.

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