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Proposal for online FIRs for railway crimes, says Rajnath

While addressing a conference on railway security, Singh said, “Law and order is primarily a (individual) states’ subject. But if was often noticed that railway jurisdiction comes in a way while lodging complain against a crime, which happened in a running train. This has created a problem and people don’t get justice. But now we are planning to implement a system through which complaints can be registered online and they can be referred to the state concerned for investigations to be expedited.”

On the context of perennial rift between the Railway Protection Force (RPF) and Government Railway Police (GRP), he said, “There is no ‘turf war between them although there are ‘complexities’ in that regard which need to be looked into.”

“India has a federal structure and there are some complexities. But there is a solution to it. There is a solution to every problem, why can’t there be a solution for this?” he added.

Concerned over Maoists attacks on trains in recent years, he said, “We have to ensure security for all modes of transportation. A strategy should be worked out to provide security to all forms of transportation.”

RPF is the security wing of the public transporter while GRP is under state government. RPF is empowered to protect railway property whereas GRP is responsible for maintaining law and order on rail premises.

The conference was attended by the Union Ministers, senior officers from all the states and railway officials.

Meanwhile, Singh has said that there is no political pressure and the murder case of Sunanda Pushkar is being worked upon impartially. “An absolute fair inquiry is being conducted by the Delhi police,” he added.
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