Century-old Railway Police outpost in Mandya awaits upgradation

MANDYA: The railway police outpost established at Mandya railway station has survived the ravages of time and been in existence for over 100 years now but its upgradation to a full-fledged police station has been an elusive proposition.

Even as several trains with thousands of passengers ply on the route and halt at the station and more number of trains are expected to ply once the track doubling works are completed, authorities have not upgraded the outpost.

The railway outpost, established in 1904, has over the years been unable to curb the crime rate as it has very few personnel. The outpost can only receive complaints and cases have to be registered at the railway police station in Mysuru.

The number of policemen here are insufficient and thereby unable to handle the increasing incidence of crime. ASI Suresh, at Mandya railway police outpost, told that a proposal to convert the existing railway outpost into a police station has been submitted and it is hoped that the request would be considered soon.

The outpost here was set up during the pre-independence era when there were only a couple of trains plying between Mysuru and Bengaluru but the number of trains plying between the two cities have since multiplied. The railway double track works are also in progress and more trains are expected to ply between the cities.

Thousands of people travel between Mysuru, Channapatna, Ramanagar and Bengaluru every day. There are seven railway stations in the district including Mandya, Maddur, Srirangapatna, Pandavapura, Byadarahalli and others.

The outpost has only one ASI, two head constables and three constables serving in the outpost. One constable each has been appointed at Maddur and Pandavapura and there are no police personnel at Srirangapatna, which is the most popular tourist destination in the district.

Crime rate on rise

With the number of trains increasing on the route, the crime rate has also been on the rise. Around 40 to 50 cases pertaining to suicides and mishaps are reported within the jurisdiction every year and around 30 cases related to petty crimes are noticed every month. A handful of personnel here are not able to control the rising incidence of crime and are under immense pressure.