Crime rises on Kangra rail route

Palampur, July 9:  The journey on the 160-km-long Kangra valley rail line between Pathankot and Baijnath is not less than a nightmare for hundreds of passengers travelling daily on this route. Incidents of thefts, chain and purse snatching are on the rise in the absence of adequate police force.

In the past one week, many passengers have been robbed of their valuables and cash on the route. However, the railway administration is not concerned with the situation. Sources say there are only 10 constables at the GRP police station, Kangra, and it is difficult to provide proper security to passengers in 12 trains daily plying on this route between Pathankot and Joginder Nagar.

Reports said there were two police posts at Kandrori and Baijnath, but they had been abolished subsequently reducing the police strength.

Slow-moving trains are soft targets for anti-social elements as it is easy to enter such trains.

A passenger at the Paprola Railway Station said it was risky to travel on this route in the late hours as nobody knew when thieves would enter the train and run away after snatching their valuables. A senior officer of the Northern Railways said the department had requested the state government to provide additional security on this route.