New Delhi: Now, passengers don’t have to break their journey in case of theft of luggage, robbery or dacoity in running trains to lodge an FIR with the police.
As per a directive issued by railways, travelers can approach rail staff available in the train—the conductor, coach attendant, train guards or police constable of GRP or RPF for registering the FIR. The concerned staff will then forward it to the nearest GRP police post which will keep the victim apprised of the action taken in her or his case through the aggrieved person’s mobile phone.
A senior railways official said that earlier a passenger had to break journey to lodge an FIR at the nearest GRP station in case of any untoward incident in the moving train, but now an FIR can be filed in the train itself by authorized train staff.
The national transporter has directed its onboard staff to make available FIR forms in English and Hindi in the trains for the aggrieved traveler.
In trains where RPF or GRP police personnel are not present, the coach conductor, train guard and coach attendant will help the victim fill the form and will submit it at the next GRP station. The forms will also be available with the station in-charge and GRP police in case of any incident on the platform.
It was noticed that despite several efforts to curb crimes in trains and rail premises, the number of cases of thefts of passengers’ belongings is constantly on the rise. As per railway data, there were 5,174 theft cases of passengers luggage in 2012, which rose to 6,258 in 2013 and the number increased further to 7,606 in 2014.
Maximum theft incidents occurred in West Central Railway zone with 1,754 cases followed by 1,281 cases in the Central Railway zone and 1,008 such cases in the South Central railway zone in 2014. Railways witnessed 235 cases of loot and robbery in 2014 as against 261 in 2013.
The drugging menace, however, is on the decline as 496 such cases were reported in 2012, which decreased to 352 in 2013 and 324 in 2014. Maximum 66 drugging cases were reported in the Eastern Railway zone in 2014.
At present, around 1,300 trains are escorted by RPF in addition to about 2,200 trains escorted by the GRP on a daily basis.