Thane थाने (TNA): The Thane Railway Protection Force (RPF) has decided to videograph passengers boarding outstation trains, especially North-bound ones. The move will be intensified in the coming days on every outstation train.
Cops said that passengers often carry cash and valuables while visiting their native places and fall prey to conman. This move will ensure that cops have a visual record of passengers taking the trains.
The RPF has initiated this activity following repeated cases of conmen boarding outstation trains and looting commuters on the way by either spiking their drinks or threatening them with arms.
Cops said such robberies are reported during summer when migrants return home with their yearly earnings. The cops have started recording images of those boarding unreserved coaches at Thane and seated inside.
Videos will be recorded on handycams and later download it on their systems. The cops seemed hopeful that the move will deter miscreants and even if a mischief is reported during the journey, cops will have a database of those who have boarded the coaches. This can be of help during later investigations.
“For now, we have been videographing passengers of select trains that leave at night. But with summer season, we will intensify this drive to all trains that halt at Thane. It is during this season when most migrants from Mumbai travel back home to their respective states. These passengers usually carry their year-long savings and valuables and are most easy targets for robbers,” said a senior police official.