Sex crime on train? Dial helpline of East Central Rly

The East Central Railway (ECR) has deployed additional security personnel at all vulnerable places under its five divisions for the safety of women passengers on railway platforms and running trains.

According to ECR GM B P Khare, railways has directed its five divisions to set up a separate control room to ensure the security of women passengers, especially on running trains. The ECR has set up a helpline cell for this purpose having the number 09771425718. Women passengers can dial this number in case of any problem facing them on running trains or on railway platforms, he said.

According to ECR’s chief security commissioner (CSC) of RPF Sanjay Kumar, 42 woman constables headed by nine woman sub-inspectors have been deployed at all major stations, including Patna Junction, and RPF personnel have been working in coordination with GRP staff. About 400 long-distance mail and express trains passing or originating from ECR’s divisions are being heavily escorted by both RPF and GRP men, he said, adding railway security personnel in mufti have also been travelling in a few select trains to keep a watch on women passengers and ensure foolproof security to them.

Kumar said the railways has also displayed mobile numbers of RPF and GRP officials in a few long-distance trains so that passengers, particularly women, could contact them in emergency. “Mock drills are being held frequently to check railway security personnel alertness while escorting trains,” he said.

To provide assistance to women on platforms, railways has set up a helpline booth at Patna Junction. This facility is also available at other major stations falling under the ECR. These helpline booths are being managed by woman RPF constables on platforms. About 5,577 men were recently caught by RPF for travelling in women compartments and railways realized a sum of Rs21.42 lakh as fine from them, CSC Kumar said.

According to Kumar, RPF personnel have been carrying out random luggage check on platforms. Long-distance trains originating from Patna Junction are now under strict surveillance of RPF and GRP personnel. Train ticket examiners have been instructed to keep an eye on miscreants on running trains. In case of any suspect, they should inform the railway security personnel or directly to railway security control room, he said.


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