Staff crunch in GRP makes it difficult to arrest crime in Railway areas

New Delhi: While the railway police are trying their best to contain the rising crime in Railway areas, the force is also facing a severe staff crunch that has prevented it from making women’s compartments secure.

After a 23-year old was allegedly molested in a women’s compartment in July, the Government Railway Police (GRP) has demanded for the immediate allotment 1,000 police personnel. This demand is yet to be met, said a GRP officer.

As per data by the state Criminal Investigation Department (CID) in 2012, a force of 3,943 personnel was sanctioned to the Mumbai GRP. However, only 3,704 have been allotted. Out of them, 507 are women personnel.

Among the vacant posts, 125 belong to assistant sub inspectors and lower rung personnel, who play an instrumental role in patrolling and probing cases.

The constables are posted on patrol duties on trains, on rotation or are posted on the help desks put up on the platforms.

“The posts of inspectors (PI), police sub inspectors (PSI) are the crux of the force as they supervise the lower rung and also chip in when required. However, as many as 110 posts of PIs and PSIs are yet to be filled. This is a serious issue, as with a rising number of crimes on railways, there is a need for more personnel,” said a GRP officer.

A senior RPF official said, “We are unable to deploy any RPF on the middle women’s coach as we are facing a crunch of 750 cops. For fulfilling the GRP’s requirement of at least 1,000 Home Guards, we need to have them in surplus. We ourselves operate with only 220 Home Guards out of the allotted 350.”