18 mugging bids on CR network in last 3 months

मुंबई Mumbai:  As many as 18 mugging attempts by stick-wielding robbers on Central Railway (CR) have been logged on the Railway Protection Force (RPF) helpline in the first quarter of 2014.

The perpetrators were picked up in two cases. There have been 18 other reports of harassment by eunuchs, four stone pelting incidents and three instances of “misbehaviour with women”.

The RPF has been using their ‘Mahila Vahini’ to attend to complaints on CR. “Our patrol teams have solved a few mugging cases,” said senior divisional security commissioner Alok Bohra RPF (CR).

In 2013, Aarti Gholapkar (43) was struck with a hooked stick near Ghansoli. Gholapkar, who was aboard a trans-Harbour local, fell off. Her assailant stripped her of her valuables and left her to die.

Security agencies have had their share of hurdles; the biggest one being inadequate infrastructure. Areas where fencing is incomplete or there are gaps in boundary walls can easily be used as entry/exits by offenders.

Meanwhile, officials managing the CR helpline have managed to return 43 bags of valuables left behind on trains by their owners.

While the CR helpline received 216 calls between January and March, the WR helpline fielded 1,012 calls in the same period. Out of these, 38% calls were not related to train security, 19% calls were wrong numbers and 6% calls pertained to train enquiries.