The train I did not miss!

The train I did not miss!

This is when I was investigating into the case of a missing train in 1986 in Bangalore city. A local transporter was hired by the M/s. Suri & Nayar [San Engineering] Company to transport the locomotive manufactured by them from their factory at Whitefield to Durgapur in West Bengal. The transporter after initially agreeing to transport the locomotive changed his mind after a few days and refused to deliver it at the agreed destination and demanded excessive an exorbitant freight charges from the company. He refused to return the locomotive back to the company and hid it at an unknown place.

A well-known IPS officer referred the case to me for investigation. I registered a criminal case against the transporter and went after him and the missing locomotive. I learnt that the trailer laden with the heavy locomotive cannot travel more than 20 to 25 km per hour. I expected to trace it within a distance of about 100 kms from Bangalore towards Andhra Pradesh via Kolar.

After a strenuous search for about a week I traced the vehicle hidden on a bushy abandoned village road near Palamaneru in Andhra Pradesh about 100 kms away from Bangalore, arrested the accused and brought the vehicle to Bangalore after fighting and winning a legal battle in the Palamaneru Judicial Magistrate's Court.