A spike in the number of people violating the Railways Act, 1989, in the Northeast Frontier Railway(NFR) zone last year has caused considerable concern among officials of the Railway Protection Force (RPF).
The authorities of the railway zone, however, claimed that increased vigil had actually curbed crime on trains and in railway stations in 2016.
A total of 12,281 cases were registered under various sections of the Act in 2016 and 1,29,559 persons were arrested. Of them, 12,580 were prosecuted.
Significantly, the percentage of arrested offenders in the NFR zone went up by 181.79% last year as compared to the figure of 2015. The percentage of cases registered under the Railways Act in 2016 also showed a sharp increase.
“Rackets of unauthorized touts have been busted all across the railway zone. Some railway employees have also been arrested for conniving with the touts,” chief security commissioner of RPF-NFR, Rattan Chand, said on Saturday.
He added that a new RPF helpline, 182, had been activated in the security control rooms to provide quick assistance to passengers.
Taking a tough stand on passenger security, Chand said the RPF would also launch a drive against offenders on running trains and within railway station premises. “The RPF has resolved to provide better security to women passengers, children and senior citizens in 2017. We will coordinate with Government Railway Police,” he said.