An armed man stormed into the Station Master`s office at the Wadduwa railway station yesterday and at gunpoint made off, with the salaries of the Way and Works department of the railway, amounting to approximately Rs780,000.
When The Island contacted the Wadduwa Station Master Sunil Palliyage, he recounted
the horrifying experience. He said the shroff, along with the security guards, arrived in the Matara bound express train with the pay bags around 8.13 a.m. and handed them over to him in his office.
When he was about to deposit the bags, containing the money, in the safe, he saw someone pointing an object at the station master - 2, O.P. Perera and holding him by his collar. `I wondered for a moment whether they were joking.I later realised that he was threatening the station master -2 to give him the bags containing the money mistaking that he had the safe keys.But when he realised where the money was the same man stormed into my office and demanded the pay bags at gun point. After taking the bags he made off with two accomplices on a motor cycle parked near the station,` he said.
Palliyage said the bags contained the monthly pay of around 60 employees of the Way and Works department of the railway and a few employees of the station.
A railway employee said though the money bags were brought and handed over to the station master by the Shroff with armed security guards, once the money was accepted by the station master his life was at risk as there are no armed guards or security provided.
SSP Upali Ranasinghe said a special team from the Wadduwa police has been deployed to track down the robbers. No arrests had been made so far.