Mysore (MYS): Molestation incident on Dharwad-Mysore night express train on Sunday night took a serious turn on Wednesday following South Western Railway (SWR) authorities deciding to file a suo-moto complaint with the Superintendent of Police (Railways), Bangalore seeking a legal process against the wrong doer.
Disclosing this, DRM/Mysore Mr.Rajakumar Lal said he had summoned the TTE of the concerned coach and asked him to file a complaint on this score with the SP Government Railway Police (GRP) at Bangalore. “Actually I was in New Delhi to attend a meeting and immediately after coming to know about the incident I have directed the TTE to book a suo motto case against the youth who misbehaved with the women passengers” he said claiming that Railway authorities cannot wait for the concerned women to file a complaint. He said in such cases of serious nature the Railway officials have to take act on their own without waiting for the victims to file the complaint.
“My concern is police should locate the youth and investigate the case and punish him if he is guilty,” he said and added: this would send a strong message across the society preventing the mischievous elements from indulging in unlawful activities on board trains. “This will also instill confidence among the lone woman passengers who travel on trains , especially during night time,” he said.
Referring to such incidents on the train and Railways initiation to prevent such incidents, Lal said Railway officials cannot remain a silent spectator to such incidents. “We have to act against such incidents,” he said terming the issue as the “domain” of the GRP Karnataka.
“RPF has no role to play in it, RPF is concerned about the protection of the Railway properties, law and order problems have to be dealt bye GRP,” he pointed out. “But this does not prevent us from protecting the life and property of the passengers,” he said revealing that he is writing to Karnataka DGP to intensify policing on trains, particularly on night trains. “I will urge the DGP to immediately initiate action against anti-social elements, especially who molest and misbehave with the women passengers on trains.”
Lal said he will follow up the incident with GRP who will take up the investigation.