The Railway Protection Force (RPF) Shakti team along with the Government Railway Police (GRP) has registered more than 80 cases in five days under sections 155, 156, 162, 144 of the Railway Act which include over 21 women arrested for theft in local trains and at suburban stations. The RPF and GRP have tightened security at suburban stations and are checking local trains amid information received by intelligence.
A GRP officer informed the ADC, “Security has been tightened at stations and both the RPF and the GRP are working together. On the Central Railway, 26 cases were caught by the Shakti team of the RPF and GRP. On Sunday, 26 cases were registered on Central, Harbour and Western lines. Now, out of these 52 cases, 28 cases have been opened. We are now keeping an eye at all major stations.”
Talking about the heavy security at stations, a senior RPF official who did not wish to be named said, “Bandobast has been organised after information received by the intelligence department; we have deployed officers to work round the clock and heavy security at major suburban stations has been provided. Commuters should come forward and report any suspicious activity to the nearest police personnel or call on the helpline.”
There are nine Shakti teams of the RPF comprising of 4 to 5 women and a RPF constable in each team. They are present at stations and keep a watch on all activities going on in local trains and stations.
The Shakti team mainly operated during the daytime but Alok Bohra, Senior Divisional Security Commissioner of the Railway Protection Force on the Central Railway is hopeful that after getting additional staff, the Shakti team will operate during the night time as well “The Shakti team is most active during the day time, however after the additional staff is inducted, we will be able to operate during night time as well.”
Railway Act 1989, Section 155 states: Entering into a reserved compartment or resisting entry into a compartment which is not reserved.
Railway Act 1989, Section 156 states: Travelling on rooftop, steps or engine of a train. If any passenger or any other person, after being warned by a railway servant to desist, persists in travelling on the rooftop, step or footboard of any carriage or on an engine, or in any other part of a train not intended for the use of passengers, he shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three months, or with fine which may extend to Rs 500, or with both and may be removed from the railway by any railway servant.
Railway Act 1989, Section 162 states: Entering a carriage or other place reserved for females; if a male, knowing or having reason to believe that a carriage, compartment, berth or seat in a train or room or other place is reserved by the railway administration for the exclusive use of females, without lawful excuse enters such carriage, compartment, room or other place, or having entered such carriage, compartment, room or place, remains therein; or occupies any such berth or seat having been required by any railway servant to vacate it, he shall, in addition to being liable to forfeiture of his pass or ticket, be punishable with fine which may extend to Rs 500 and may also be removed by any railway servant.
Railway Act 1989, Section 144 states: Prohibition on hawking – if any person canvasses for any custom or hawks or exposes for sale any article whatsoever in any railway carriage or in any part of the railway, except under and in accordance with the terms and conditions of a licence granted by the railway administration in this behalf, he shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to one year.
LTT to get Integrated Security Systems next month
The Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (LTT) will be getting Integrated Security Systems next month. The terminus will be equipped with high resolution cameras that will cover the whole terminus, access control where boundary wall along with barbed wall fencing will be provided to block unauthorized entry or exit in the station area, personal and baggage screening system. A Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad (BDDS) will also be made available.
Citing security reasons of the LTT terminus where maximum long distance trains are scheduled, Alok Bohra, Senior Divisional Security Commissioner, Railway Protection Force (RPF) said: “There are many notorious activities taking place in the LTT terminus, and in order to control these activities we will install integrated security system in August. The station will be equipped with high resolution cameras which will make it better for the RPF officials to monitor the area.”
Integrated Security Systems are currently installed and functioning in Dadar, Kurla and Thane stations.