Ahmedabad (ADI): To curb railway-related crimes, Government Railway Police (GRP) has initiated a move to add 250 LRD (Lok Rakshak Dal) constables to their force to keep watch on criminals in moving trains as well as on platforms. Of them, 194 have already joined duty while the rest will follow suit in the coming week.
According to latest figures, around 34% posts are lying vacant in GRP. Against the sanctioned strength of 2,480, only 1,642 have been filled. Therefore, GRP needs to fill up 839 vacancies and a majority of these are of constabulary positions. Against the sanctioned strength of 1,699, GRP has 961 constables, a shortfall of 738.
“For the safety and security of passengers, we have started patrolling in moving trains and conducting surprise checks at railway stations. So, we have decided to fill up the constabulary posts and started the process of acquiring 250 new LRD constables,” said RJ Savani, deputy inspector-general (DIG) of CID, railways.
GRP is divided into two separate divisions, Ahmedabad and Vadodara. Each division has a superintendent of police and other personnel. Ahmedabad GRP handles all railway-related crimes in North Gujarat, Saurashtra and parts of Central Gujarat, while Vadodara GRP handles South Gujarat and the remaining railway stations.
Just like crimes in the city, the police department is equally worried about railway-related crimes that are registered with the GRP. Latest figures registered with GRP Ahmedabad suggest a steep climb in all kinds of crimes taking place on moving trains, near railway tracks and on platforms. Body-related crimes, such as murders, saw a four-fold increase in 2013 within the jurisdiction of Ahmedabad GRP. Against three murders in 2012, a total of 11 murders were committed in 2013. Of these, GRP has managed to solve seven and nab the culprits.
Similarly, property-related crime saw a significant rise in 2013. Against the 214 thefts registered with GRP Ahmedabad in 2012, a total of 264 thefts were reported in 2013. And, GRP has managed to crack only 59 cases till date.
According to Savani, detections are very hard when it comes to railway crimes. “Gangs from Delhi and Uttar Pradesh are active on trains. They board Mumbai-bound trains from Delhi and target wealthy traders of Rajasthan and Gujarat. Since they have no definite location, it is always difficult to nab them,” he said.