RPF cracks down on illegal Ads in trains

Thane: The Railway Protection Force(RPF), Thane have filed 62 cases with regard to the illegal advertisements pasted in train compartments from January to November this year. The RPF have arrested 70 persons responsible for putting up the unauthorised advertisements and slapped them with a fine of Rs 85,000 in the last 11 months.

A RPF source said, of the total fine recovered, Rs.30000 has been given to the railway administration as expenses incurred for removal of posters. “It is a tedious job to track the owners of the advertisements. However, the RPF personnel themselves called up the numbers given in the ads and tracked them down. Stringent action has been taken against those who pasted them. The drive is still on,” added the source.

According to rules laid down by the railway administration, pasting advertisements in train compartments is prohibited, especially on notices like ‘pull chain’ or ‘no smoking’.

Section 166 states that, it is punishable offence to display illegal advertisements and stickers in train. It not only makes railway coaches look unclean but also defiles your image in the minds of the public.