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In January, 73 deaths reported due to train accidents in Delhi

In January, 73 deaths reported due to train accidents in Delhi

New Delhi: In the first month of the new year, 73 persons died in train accidents reported from different railway stations in Delhi. The law enforcement agency have written to other stakeholders after finding loopholes and the work is in progress to remove inadequacy.

Delhi Police data accessed by Millennium Post claimed that in January 2019, as many as 65 males and eight females died in the train accident. The highest number of deaths, reported from the jurisdiction of Sabzi Mandi Railway police station, is 21 whereas 17 persons killed in Hazrat Nizamuddin police station jurisdiction.

"From Sarai Rohilla jurisdiction-14 persons, Old Delhi-12, Delhi Cantt-four persons, Anand Vihar-three and from New Delhi-two persons died in train accidents," claimed the city police data.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Railway) Dinesh Gupta claimed that they have done security audit in city's railway stations and then wrote to railways.

"We with other agencies coordinate to curb the loopholes," said DCP Gupta. He further added that with RPF, they conduct joint patrolling near tracks.

In 2018, as many as 886 persons died in train accidents which include 818 male and 68 female.

From the jurisdictions of Sarai Rohilla railway stations police-205 deaths, Sabzi Mundi-168 deaths, Delhi Cantt-151, Old Delhi-143, New Delhi-49, Hazrat Nizamuddin-110, Anand Vihar-60 deaths reported, revealed the city police data.

The Delhi police also raised awareness among the masses against the menace through several campaigns.

RPF to reach out schools

Meanwhile, the Railway Protection Force (RPF) will be reaching out to the schools to aware children not to cross tracks. "Taking shortcut via train tracks have proved fatal for many persons in the city," an officer said.

Dr Rajiv Kumar, Senior DSC (West) told Millennium Post that they visit clusters close to tracks, distribute pamphlets and used loud heelers for the campaign.

"To stop trespassing, fencing is going on nearby tracks," added Kumar adding that they have booked 449 persons for trespassing.

Meanwhile, under Kumar, Assistant Commissioner (ASC) Harish Singh and his team will be reaching out to school which are situated nearby tracks for the awareness programme.

"We have seen that kids after the school gets over, take the shortcut route to reach home via tracks, risking their lives," said an RPF official adding that they will reach out to children soon.

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