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South Western Railway cops lauded for 24/7 vigil

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South Western Railway cops lauded for 24/7 vigil

Railway Protection Force has rescued trafficked children, nabbed touts and kept an eye on single women passengers

BENGALURU:

The Railway Protection Force (RPF) of South Western Railway, under the able leadership of Alok Kumar, Principal Chief Security Commissioner, has performed exceptionally well during the current year. Last year, during the nationwide lockdown, SWR’s RPF worked tirelessly to protect vital railway assets, provide security to passengers in special trains, and guard movement of essential commodities.

Sanjeev Kishore, General Manager, SWR has appreciated the efforts made by the RPF and has reiterated that the security of passengers is top priority for SWR.

Some examples of the good work done by the RPF of SWR:

Operation Nanhe Faristheh

In order to prevent/detect the trafficking of children and women, during August 90 children (77 boys, 13 girls) were rescued and reunited with their parents/handed over to NGOs/ police

Touts

In order to curb the menace of blackmarketing of railway tickets, special drives were conducted at travel agencies/agents all over Karnataka and Goa. 25 touts were arrested and prosecuted for possession of 104 reserved tickets valued Rs 1,30,730 and 2,770 used tickets valued at Rs 22,59,579.

Meri Saheli

To provide enhanced security to women passengers, women-only teams have been formed. These teams visit all the passenger coaches and interact with women passengers, inform them of security helpline 182, collect the seat/berth numbers of single female passengers and share the details with RPF personnel deployed at en route stations. At the destination station, feedback from the passengers is collected. ‘Meri Saheli’ members also help women passengers in availing auto rickshaw and bus services, and in carrying belongings of elderly and needy passengers. Presently, 27 trains have been covered under this operation.

Railways Act

During August, 2,785 offenders were arrested and fined a total of Rs 80,383.

Railway Property (Unlawful Possession) Act 1966

During the current year, 11 persons were arrested and railway property worth Rs 1,60,087 was recovered.

Left-behind luggage

During the current year, left-behind items like laptops, mobiles and gold/silver ornaments worth Rs 6,19,721 were recovered and handed over to their owners.

Contraband

During the current year, liquor bottles/sachets etc worth Rs 26,521 were seized and handed over to the Excise Department.

Seizure of ganja

On August 12, AK Tiwari, IPF/YPR and team while conducting an I-Day bandobust found 2 unclaimed bags containing 5 packets of ganja weighing about 10.95 kg and valued at Rs.1,09,500. In this connection, a case has been registered under the NDPS Act.

Thieves arrested

The RPF supplemented and assisted the Government Railway Police (GRP) in the arrests of 7 persons involved in thefts of passenger belongings.

Medical assistance

On two occasions, the RPF rendered first aid to some passengers and shifted them to a nearby hospital.

Patrolling in vestibuled trains

On an average, 43 to 45 special/mail/express trains are escorted by 85 to 90 RPF personnel.

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