Jul 2, 2016

RPF teams board trains to nab fiddlers on the roof

A fortnight-long campaign against stunts on trains and illegal travel in ladies coaches was launched by the Railway Protection Force (RPF) on Friday . Dressed in civilian clothes, RPF personnel shall fan out across general compartments and shoot videos of commuters travelling dangerously on the rooftop or footboard. The offenders will be detained at the next station.

Ten teams of five personnel each have been formed on the Western Railway . “We have studied locations where most instances of stunts have been reported. Special attention will be given to locations such as Matunga, Bandra and Bhayander during evening peak hour,“ an officialsaid.

Over 1,500 cases of violations while travelling were recorded on WR till end of May this year.

On the CR, the Kurla RPF outpost booked four minors and 17 adults on Friday alone. “Some of the men were standing on couplings between coa ches while others were bending out of the coach entrance,“ an official said.

A video clip of a man balancing atop a moving local and ducking everytime overhead wires come close went viral on social media recently .The man is yet to be tracked down.

The RPF intend to use cameras installed in ladies coaches to check illegal travel. So far, cameras have been fitted in only three rakes but 50 more rakes are likely to get these.