The move comes in view of the huge rush of Bihar-bound passengers for the upcoming festivals of Diwali and Chhath, making them more susceptible to drug-and-loot gangs.
Special posters mentioning dos and don’ts have been pasted on the compartments of important trains as well as the station premises. They urge the passengers not to accept eatables and prasad from unknown people and be cautious of fellow travellers.
“We are also distributing pamphlets mentioning in detail the modus operandi of these nasha khurani gangs on trains. We are talking to passengers individually, telling them how such criminals often offer seats to passengers to strike a conversation, gain their trust and later rob them of their valuables,” officer-in-charge of RPF in Dhanbad D.K. Singh told.
Helpline numbers of RPF control room at East Central Railway in Hajipur (06224-223580 and 09771425418) and Government Railway Police (09473197668) are also mentioned on the posters to report any such suspected activity on the trains.
The focus is primarily on three trains — Ganga-Sutlej Express (13307) running between Dhanbad and Firozpur in Punjab, Ganga-Damodar Express (13309) between Dhanbad and Patna and Howrah-Mumbai CST Mail (12321), which passes through Dhanbad.
A large number of people hailing from Bihar, working in different localities in the coal town, return to their native towns and villages during the festivals via these three trains.
“We further advise passengers to immediately inform the RPF escort party on the train or coach attendant or TTE if they find any co-passenger behaving suspiciously,” Singh added.
The jawans are also recording videos and photographs of passengers, mainly in the general compartment, so that they can easily track down the gangs in case of any robbery. Intensive checking is being carried out in all trains with the help of sniffer dog.