SOUTH WESTERN RAILWAY
Press Release No. 145 Dt. 22.10.2018
RAILWAY PROTECTION FORCE OF SOUTH WESTERN RAILWAY CONDUCTS SPECIAL SECURITY DRIVES
Railway Protection Force (RPF) has conducted special security drives during the year 2018 up to September over South Western Railway for improving punctuality of trains and ensuring Safety/Security of passengers. In this regard, RPF prosecuted offenders who needlessly interfered with Inter Communication Chain (ICC) beyond reasonable/justified grounds. Similarly, action is taken up against offenders involved in Level Crossing Gate accidents and causing obstruction to movement of running trains during the drives 1,915 offenders were prosecuted under various provisions of Railway Act and a fine of Rs. 8,93,300/- was realized. Various cases of unauthorized vending in trains and Railway premises, footboard travelling, travelling in ladies compartments, smoking in trains and station premises were registered.
Besides the above, RPF/SWR has launched an innovative security measure called Operation Shakthi under the leadership of Smt. Debasmita Chatopadhyay, SC/RWF, with different teams in each Divisions consisting of young and energetic Officers/staff particularly women staff and they have been assigned with following task in order to ensure safe journey of women passengers :
i.Moving in affected/vulnerable sections / trains.
ii.Attending important and vulnerable late night/wee hour trains at major stations.
iii.Conducting surprise escorting of important and vulnerable trains during night/wee hours.
iv.Attending ladies coaches and ensuring that unauthorized persons are not travelling, if found, handing over of the defaulter to the nearest Post/OP.
v.Attending ladies passenger and ensuring hassle free journey duly solving any issues pertaining to them.
vi.Creating awareness among lady passengers regarding Security Help Line -182, Twitter etc.
vii.Interacting with lady passengers and briefing them regarding the precautionary measures to prevent drugging and other passenger related offence.
RPF teams have also succeeded in rescue of children, reunion with parents and rehabilitation. During this 922 boys and 147 girls were rescued accordingly 375 boys and 61 girls handed over to NGOs, 544 boys and 77 girls handed over to Parent, 3 boys and 9 girls handed over to Police.
Apart from the above legal action, general public are being educated on Safety/Security related issues. The action of RPF has a deterrent effect on the offenders and in the process helped in improving and maintaining punctuality and a check on crime against passengers particularly women and children.
Chief Public Relations Officer