A gang of robbers who cut a hole in the roof of a train speeding through southern India have made off with about a million dollars.
The police said the roberry occurred somewhere along the 300km journey, but they only realised the money was missing hours after the express train had already arrived in Chennai.
The train’s mail carriage was carrying 3.4 billion rupees in bank notes belonging to India’s central bank.
It was being escorted by armed police seated in the next compartment.
The police suspected about six to eight robbers made a hole measuring 1.2m square in the carriage roof using a cutting torch, before escaping.
The robbers might have jumped off the train roof.