The Railway Protection Force (RPF) of Eastern Railway keeping a watch round the clock in order to provide better security to its passengers particularly to prevent crime against women in stations and in trains.
As a result, a girl Akriti Bhalla, 20, who ran away from home was rescued at Barddhaman station from down Poorva Express on January 1, 2016. Besides, two minor girls aged between 14 and 17 years, were rescued by RPF from Sealdah station on January 4 in the late night. The RPF informed Child Line and Government Railway Police and to their respective parents. Subsequently, they were handed over to their parents after verification of proper documents.
The RPF also successfully spotted a missing minor girl aged around 14 years, who disappeared while travelling by Dhanbad bound train from Deoghar on January 4. The RPF Train Escort party in Up Shaktipunj Express spotted the girl in coach S-1 and subsequently handed over to her parents after verification of proper documents.
Due to strict vigils of the RPF, a gang of six miscreants preparing for a dacoity was arrested at Sealdah station on January 5, acting on a tip-off. The gang assembled near Sealdah south station in the wee hours at around 3.15 am. The RPF contingent chased the gang and arrested six miscreants while other 5 to 6 of them managed to escape. During interrogation, it was revealed that they had been preparing for a robbery in a local train.
Meanwhile, security arrangements at Howrah, Sealdah and major railway stations over Eastern Railway have been beefed up. Random checks were conducted and the Quick Reaction Team (QRT) of RPF commandos had been kept in alert in order to face any eventuality at any major railway station including Howrah and Sealdah.