Identity card to railway vendors

The Railway Police Force is going to issue identity cards to the vendors to stop the incidents of loots in trains with passengers.

Station House Officer BK Makraria said that some people work as unregistered vendors in the trains and it is these people who also commit thefts with the passengers. The RPF has decided to issue identity cards to authorised vendors to stop these kind of incidents.

He said that the number of persons engaged in selling edibles to the passengers is nearly 485, which include 340 vendors, 49 helpers and 39 food trolley operators.
In an action taken by RPF against the illegal vendors, nearly 760 persons have been arrested since the month of April. Now the RPF has made it mandatory for the vendors to get verification from the police station before start selling food items in the trains and station. They would be allowed to work only after their registration by the police.

The SHO said that with the increase of number of passengers during the summer, a large number of illegal vendors become active. Now the police would deal with them strictly, he said.

He said that boundary wall is being constructed by the railways authority, so that anti-social elements could not venture in the station. The trains, which have been stopping at outer so far, would halt at platform no. 6 and 7 after completion of construction. The incident of thefts and loots have reduced considerably after RPF’s crack down against the illegal vendors, he added.