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Untoward incidents: 960 died in rail related mishaps in 6 mnths

New Delhi: As many as 960 persons died in untoward incidents reported in the first six months of the current year across railways jurisdiction in the city, reveals the data of Railway Protection Force (RPF) of Delhi division. According to the data, the incidents were trespassing, falling from trains, pole hitting, falls in platform gaps, suicide, natural death, stunt, electric shock. Last year 2,725 cases were reported in which 2,201 persons died.

The RPF data revealed that this year (till June 2019) as many as 1,212 cases of untoward incidents were reported from railway jurisdiction including tracks. As many 634 trespassing incidents were reported till June in which 558 persons died and 76 people were injured. "When any person enters the railway premises through tracks, chances are there that he or she can be hit by a train," RPF official said. Last year 1,502 trespassing incidents were reported in which 1,314 persons were dead whereas 188 were injured. In April, 50-year-old constable Jagbir Singh Rana from RPF died after saving four lives on Adarsh Nagar-Azadpur rail section.

The data further said that 130 cases of falling from trains were reported in which 54 persons died and 76 were injured. Last year, 249 such cases were reported in which 90 persons died and 159 were injured. In more than 30 cases, people fell into the platform gaps which led to seven deaths and 31 injuries. As many as 22 persons died and 43 injured due to falling in the gap of the platform last year. In June, a 65-year-old senior citizen slipped while boarding a moving train at Hazrat Nizamuddin railway station. But the presence of mind shown by the RPF sub-inspector saved the life of the passenger.

Over 100 people committed suicide in first six months of 2019. Last year, 272 persons died after committing suicide at several stations. The data further added that till June, 114 cases of natural deaths were reported whereas last year 250 persons died due to natural causes.

"Two persons died while doing stunts in three cases whereas last year three stunt cases were reported," data said. Four cases of pole hitting were reported this year in which one person died. Four incidents of electric shock were reported in which one died. Senior Divisional Security Commissioner (Coordination) Dr AN Jha said that three-pronged actions like awareness campaign, preventive measures such as fencing/boundary wall in phased manner & legal action under 147 of Railway Act, are being taken to eliminate such cases.

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