From 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. ; from Kozhikode station to Manjeswaram
The Railway Protection Force (RPF) attached to the Palakkad Division of the Southern Railway held a court on the Chennai Mail during its run between Kozhikode and Manjeswaram on Friday. The venture was first of its kind in the State aimed at curbing crimes on trains and railway stations, RPF authorities here said.
The court commenced at 7 a.m. when the train reached Kozhikode and went on till 1 p.m. when it reached Manjeswaram station. Normally, cases relating to happenings on train were conducted at the Railway Magistrate Court. Mobile courts, conducted without notification, were expected to check crimes on trains to some extent, the authorities said. More such courts would be held in the coming days.
On Friday, 60 cases were disposed of on the train. A total of Rs.20,000 was collected as penalty for various offences, including dangerously travelling on the footboard, travelling in reservation coaches with ordinary tickets, selling of eatables on the train and station premises, causing nuisance through various means such as beggary, carrying of non-booked luggage and placing luggage in passages.
The mobile court team comprised Railway Special Magistrate B.M. Azzu, Kannur RPF Circle Inspector P. Vijayakumar, Sub Inspector M. Narayanan, Assistant Sub Inspectors V.P. Intish, Kathiresh Babu and Anil Kumar, senior civil police officer Bineesh and civil police officers Renjith and Ajayan.