Mumbai: A fine of Rs8 crore has been collected by the court from more than 2.92 lakh offenders booked by the Railway Protection Force (RPF) on Mumbai suburban railway in the past three years (between 2010 and 2012) for violating various Railway Act. During the same period, 4,471 offenders were sent to jail for nonpayment of fine.
“We have been receiving a lot of complaints from commuters since the past few years, alleging that unauthorised persons have been travelling in the handicap coaches, men travelling in ladies compartment, rooftop travellers, unjustified alarm chain pulling and trespassing. Therefore, we have carried out a regular drive against offenders for the safety of the commuters,” said Alok Bohra, senior divisional security commissioner, RPF, CR. He further pointed out that their aim is not to collect the fine or putting the offender/s in jail, but to save the precious lives of the commuters.
He added that the RPF on Central Railway have booked nearly 60,000 offenders in 2012, and the court has collected Rs1.37 crore as penalties from the culprits as against to more than 48,000, offenders who were arrested in 2011, and the court has collected Rs1.09 crore from the lawbreakers. Importantly, 847 offenders were sent to jail by the court in 2012, where as 524, offenders were put in jail by the court in 2011.
While Rajendra Rupnawar, senior divisional security commissioner, RPF, WR said, “The railway administration has been publishing advertisements in various newspaper and announcing regularly on its public address system reminding people about the hazards of crossing tracks and travelling on the roof top of the train.”
He added that Western Railway RPF have booked more than 60,000 offenders in 2012 and the court has collected total Rs.2.16 crore as fine from them whereas in 2011, RPF have arrested more than 47,000 offenders and the court has collected Rs1.46 crore as penalty from them.