In 2018, 46k people found violating Railways Act
New Delhi: The Railway Protection Force (RPF) took action against more than 46,000 persons involved in violating the Railways Act in 2018.The violators were found travelling on the roof of the train, littering at railway premises or involved in chain pulling.
The security agency also handed over 390 people to Government Railway Police (GRP) and Delhi Police.
The RPF data accessed by the Millennium Post claimed that for chain-pulling or needlessly interfering with means of communication in a train (under section 141 of Railways Act) 1,509 persons were caught. "Action was taken against 10,775 persons for littering. Under section 156 (travelling on the roof, step or engine of a train) 3,080 persons were booked and Rs 4.28 lakh as fine was recovered. More than 9,000 persons were caught under section 144 in the Railways Act prohibiting unauthorized vending and hawking.
The data further claimed that 12,364 persons were caught under the Tobacco Act. "As many as 7,400 persons were found travelling in reserved ladies coaches and 1,703 persons were booked for travelling in reserved coaches," RPF data claimed.
According to an officer, they have also found cases of stone pelting on the trains for which they have launched an awareness drive in the clusters near railway tracks. Senior Divisional Security Commissioner (RPF) Shashi Kumar told the Millennium Post that from time to time awareness drive is carried out for stopping people from travelling on the roof of the train and risking their lives. "Through loud hailers, standees we aware people about their safety and security," said Kumar adding that they distribute pamphlets carrying railway helpline numbers.
The RPF also alerted the passengers about the Jahar Khurani gang. The gang is famous for enticing the victim by offering them food laced with sedatives. When the person loses consciousness, they make away with the valuables of the victim. "We always alert passengers not to take food from strangers," said Kumar.
Another focus area is to curb human trafficking for which regular patrolling going on and also posters are pasted in different railway stations containing detailed information regarding helpline number and possible signs of a human trafficker and trafficked child.