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Over 17K booked for violating Railways Act in last 3 months

New Delhi: More than 17,000 persons were found violating different Railways Act in the first three months of 2019. The Railway Protection Force (RPF) found that violators were involved in chain pulling, touting, trespassing, sitting in the ladies coaches.

Apart from violating Railways Act, more than 12,000 people were fined for smoking in railways jurisdiction.

The data of RPF accessed by Millennium Post revealed that as many as 1,693 people were nabbed for chain pulling. The menace that results in the late running of trains and adversely affects all the passengers on the train. Nearly 211 persons held for e-ticket touting.

Even after the tragic Amritsar train accident last year, people still trespass tracks risking their lives. In the last three months, as many as 9,036 persons were nabbed for trespassing.

Delhi Police data accessed by Millennium Post claimed that in January 2019, around 65 males and 8 females died in the train accident.

In another act, as many as 6,441 persons were booked for travelling in ladies compartments or reserved seats while around 12,944 persons were fined for smoking in the jurisdiction of railways.

Senior Divisional Security Commissioner (Coordination) Dr AN Jha said that their mission is to keep railway area free from undesirable and anti-social elements. Along with legal action, RPF is also conducting passenger awareness programs and counselling to offenders of punishable sections of Railways Act.

"I appeal to passengers to follow rules of Indian Railways and travel with dignity. Don't be part of illegal activities by buying tickets from touts, buying eatable from unauthorised vendors etc," said AN Jha.

Senior Divisional Security Commissioner Rajiv Kumar said that they have launched several special drives which led to the curbing of menace. "We deployed several teams in plain clothes to catch anti-social elements and other people involved in the violation," said Kumar.

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