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Metro heist: Duo stab station controller, flee with Rs 12 lakh

In an audacious heist, two unidentified men stormed the control room at a metro station and stabbed the station controller and made away with around Rs 12 lakh cash early on Monday morning unchallenged, raising concerns about security on the mass rapid transit system.

The incident took place around 5.30 am at Rajinder Place station on the Blue Line of Delhi Metro in India’s capital city. The police are yet to ascertain the identity of the assailants.

Around 5.15 am, two unidentified persons entered the Rajendra Place station through gate number 2. They went past security check unhindered and entered into the paid area, following which they went to platform number 2, a senior Delhi Metro official said.

“Thereafter, they forcibly entered into the station control room located at the platform on the pretext of a complaint and grabbed the on-duty Station Controller, Kunal Kishore. They stabbed him and took away station earning of around Rs 12 lakh.

“At around 5.34 AM, both persons exited the station through Gate number 1. Meanwhile, Kishore was rushed to a hospital and his condition is presently stable,” the senior official said.

Station controllers, who work in shifts, are entrusted with looking after multiple areas of management of station premises. They are next to station managers in administrative hierarchy.

Joint Commissioner of Police (New Delhi) M K Meena, said a case has been registered and a special team has been formed to nab the accused at the earliest.

A three-inch-long knife was later recovered from the spot. The security officials claimed that the men were frisked clean during checking and no knife was found in their baggage too.
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