RPF holds court on Chennai Mail

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.

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-kerala/rpf-holds-court-on-chennai-mail/article4934266.ece

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More powers for RPF to crack railway property theft cases

Railway Protection Force (RPF) officers have been vested with more powers in respect of investigation of cases relating to theft of railway property or its unlawful possession consequent to the amendments in the Railway Property (Unlawful Possession) Act.

The striking feature of the amended Act is that it has empowered RPF investigators to register a case under the Railway Property (Unlawful Possession) Act and commence inquiry upon receipt of information itself.

This is the first time that the Act has been amended after it was enacted by the Parliament and came into force in 1966.

Railway property, as per the Act, includes any goods, money or valuable security or animal, belonging to or in the charge or possession of railway administration.

Prior to the amendment, the RPF officers could register a case under the Act only after an arrest was made and start the inquiry thereafter.

RPF authorities here say Sections 3, 4 and 8 of the Act had been amended by introducing extra words in these three sections.

The crux of the amendment is that the inquiry officer need not wait till the arrest of a person.

The officers have now been empowered to register a case and begin inquiry upon receiving information about the commission of an offence punishable under the Act even without or before the arrest.

The sources of information includes oral complaints, those in writing, reports from railway officials, telephone messages, petitions, press reports and those given by secret sources.

In addition to protecting and safeguarding railway property, passenger area and passengers, the RPF has also been vested with the responsibility of escorting passenger trains and providing access control, regulation and general security on platforms, passenger and circulating areas.

Power to investigate

They have been vested with the powers to investigate cases booked under the Railway Act and the Railway Property (Unlawful Possession) Act.

Even after the amendment, the inquiry officer has the authority to register a case after an arrest is made.

This power has not been taken away by the amendment; a senior RPF officer here said adding that it had given additional powers to the inquiry officer in respect of registration of a case under the Act for better investigation and prosecution.

The number of cases booked under the Railway Property (Unlawful Possession) Act in Tiruchi Railway Division was 49 from January to October this year. The number of those arrested was 58 and the value of the stolen property recovered was Rs.74,205.

The cases booked in 2011 (January to December) was 70 with the number of arrested persons being 93. The value of the stolen property recovered was Rs.1.54 lakh, say the authorities.

‘RPF officers could register a case under the Railway Property (Unlawful Possession) Act and commence inquiry upon receipt of information about the commission of an offence,’ writes R.Rajaram

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-tamilnadu/more-powers-for-rpf-to-crack-railway-property-theft-cases/article4220383.ece

Coming up at rly stations, 16 elevated, bulletproof platforms

The Railway Protection Force (RPF) of the Central Railway will install 16 elevated and bulletproof platforms, similar to bunkers, equipped with modern arms at four railway stations. Railways officials who preferred to call them morchas floated the tenders recently. “Within six months, RPF will be posted at these morchas keeping vigil and targeting any terrorists who attack,” said a CR official.

A senior CR officials said they will be placed at heights ranging from 8 feet to 24 feet, so that RPF could have bird’s eye view. Ten of them will be at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, one of them at a height of 24 ft. Three will be between platform 1 and 7 and five between platform 8 and 18. One each will be placed before the DRM office and the GM office.

There will be one machan at Kurla station, two at LTT (including one at a height of 24 ft), and two at Thane station. “After 28/11, the need of such morchas was felt by the administration. From a height, our personnel can easily target terrorists without harming commuters,’’ said Alak Bohra, Senior Divisional Security Commissioner, CR.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/coming-up-at-rly-stations-16-elevated-bulletproof-platforms/992961/

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More women now report about crimes on trains

There are more reported incidents of crime against women passengers during train journeys. This fact is verified by the number of complaints registered through the helpline numbers of government railway police (GRP) and railway protection force (RPF). However, senior officials of both forces said it didn’t indicate an increase in the crime rate. More women come forward and register their complaints, particularly after the Soumya murder, they said.

In 2011, GRP registered 40 cases that include molestation and eve teasing, while till July 24, 2012 they have already registered 40 cases. Similar is the case with RPF 22 were registered in 2011, while this year 25 cases have been filed till July.

The RPF (9995040000) and GRP (9846200100) helplines are witnessing more calls since last year, officials said.

Southern Railway Thiruvananthapuram divisional security commissioner K J Joy said women passengers, who faced an issue, avoided legal procedures and related tangles. “This reluctance prevented many cases from getting reported and I believe that despite our efforts there are unfortunate incidents.

There are more registered cases now because women passengers want justice and we ensure it from our side. I am glad that families are supporting them, which is the need of the hour.

To avoid situations like last week – when the RPF personnel released an offender – we have instructed our men to follow rules stringently,” Joy said. Echoing similar sentiments, GRP SP, Rajan John said that the significant increase is also due to the response and help both forces facilitate. “The smooth coordination we enjoy with RPF and local police help us to take up all requests, even pleas for medical help. However, absence of personnel is an impediment,” Rajan said. Official said, GRP has 500 personnel in Kerala and RPF has close to 750.

But the force is insufficient argue officials. Meanwhile GRP has launched a new initiative titled ‘Subhayathramangalam’ under which passengers can register complaints with beat officers on trains and avail a copy of the complaint immediately.

Passenger need not go to police station to keep track of the case, they can get case procedure details through a telephone call.

Thiruvananthapuram: There are more reported incidents of crime against women passengers during train journey, reveals the complaints registered through the helpline numbers of government railway police (GRP) and railway protection force (RPF). However, senior officials of both these forces said it didn’t indicate an increase in crime rate but only proves that more women now come forward to register their complaints, particularly after the Saumya murder.

In 2011, GRP registered 40 cases that include molestation and eve teasing, while in the year 2012 up to July 24, they have already registered 40 cases. Similar is the case with RPF which registered 22 cases of crime against women in 2011, but already filed 25 cases up to July 2012.

The RPF helpline 9995040000 and GRP’s 9846200100 are witnessing an increase in calls since last year, officials said.

K J Joy, Southern Railway Thiruvananthapuram divisional security commissioner, said that previously women passengers who faced an issue had used to avoid legal procedures and related tangles. “That prevented many cases from getting reported and I believe that despite our efforts to remain vigil there are situations occurring when the modesty of a woman is outraged. The rise in cases registered is because women passengers now want justice and since we ensure that, they are coming forward. I am glad that their families are supporting them, which is the need of the hour. To avoid situations like last week when the RPF personnel released an offender we have instructed the force to follow rules stringently,” Joy said.

Echoing this, GRP SP, Rajan John said that significant increase in response is result of both forces facilitating support for the passengers.

“The smooth coordination we have with RPF and local police are helping us to meet the demands and both our helplines are receiving pleas for even medical help. However absence of personnel is an impediment affecting both of us,” Rajan pointed put.

While GRP just has 500 personnel for the state, RPF has close to 750 personnel, which according to officials are too low to meet the demands.

Meanwhile GRP has also launched ‘Subhayathramangalam’, a venture under which passengers can register complaints with beat officers on train and avail a copy of the complaint immediately. The scheme is to help passenger avoid going to police station and receive details on case procedure through telephone.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/thiruvananthapuram/More-women-now-report-about-crimes-on-trains/articleshow/15213017.cms

RPF might be separated from railways

The Railway Protection Force ( RPF) is likely to be separated from the railways, and some plans are afoot in this regard.

While RPF sources said IB has given some reasons for it, it has not been decided when and how it will be done. But the RPF employees are apprehensive about it.

On some earlier occasions, although discussions on the issue were held, it is for first time when the question raised about separation of RPF from the railways, sources said.

If the IB report is implemented, the Central Government could take a decision to give responsibility of RPF to home ministry by year- end.

IB has raised several questions on the existence of RPF. Sources further said an association has been formed in RPF which is coming in the way of smooth working of the organisation.

Sources further said earlier an exercise was done to merge GRP with the district police but the state governments were opposed the proposal. As a result, the Central Government did not take any initiative towards this direction.

IB said the RPF staff was not properly trained to deal with the crimes taking place on trains.

During the last few years scenario of crime has changed but the RPF team has not changed.

IB further said even after several efforts, the trains and passengers are not safe. Working pattern of GRP has also been mentioned in the proposal. It was said that as two police forces work in the railways, they try to put the blame on each other, sources added. So, proper investigation of crimes could not be done and neither GRP, nor RPF take the responsibility for any crime.

RPF was given status of semi- military force on September 20, 1985 and ever since then it has been working to the status.

http://fpj.co.in/news/75036-RPF-might-be-separated-from-railways.html

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Integrated security scheme likely by July in S.Railway

The integrated security scheme (ISS), aimed at strengthening vigil in railway stations in the wake of 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, is expected to be commissioned in 14 major stations in Southern Railway by July. The surveillance cameras–based ISS would be put in place in ten railway stations in Tamil Nadu, three in Kerala and one in Karnataka and hopefully it would be ready by July, RPF Chief Security Commissioner, Southern Railway, V.K.Dhaka said here. Dhaka was talking to reporters last evening after holding discussions with Tiruchirappalli Railway Divisional Manager P.V.Vaidialingam and others on ISS. The surveillance cameras, constituting the main component of the ISS, would be subjected to different types of testing under simulated weather conditions by officials of the Research Design and Standards Organisation before clearing them for procurement and installation, he said. Dhaka also said that RPF had supplied advanced AK-47 and INSAS assault rifles to its personnel. Southern Railway had been allotted about 400 AK-47 rifles. He said RPF personnel trained in commando operations were made part of the RPF Bomb Detection and Disposal Squads (BDDS) at Chennai and Tiruchirappalli.

http://ibnlive.in.com/generalnewsfeed/news/integrated-security-scheme-likely-by-july-in-srailway/991819.html

Documentaries against crime to be screened at railway stations

Faced with increased incidents of crimes in passenger trains, the Railways has decided to play documentary films at railway stations to make passengers alert against such practices.

“The initiative has been taken up by the Government Railway Police (GRP) to help passengers remain vigilant and avoid falling into the lure of fellow passengers with evil intentions in mind,”a senior Northern Railway official told PTI.

The first of the screenings to be held in the capital is scheduled for tomorrow at the Old Delhi station. The two documentary films, one having a duration of 45 minutes and the other 10 minutes, are prepared by the GRP Ambala.

” They will be beamed on a projector at a strategic point in the station complex where it is being screened, “said a GRP personnel of Ambala.

“Old Delhi station will be our first stop in the Capital. Thereafter we will also show the films in New Delhi station,” he said.

He said such screenings have been done in several railway stations in Haryana and evoked an overwhelming response.

The 10-minute film also contains messages of well-known faces like Kiran Bedi, advising passengers on several security related issues, he said.

http://www.indopia.in/India-usa-uk-news/latest-news/518103/National/1/20/1

Railways to raise commando force

Hyderabad, January 29: The Indian Railways will soon raise a commando outfit on the lines of National Security Guards (NSG) to counter terrorist activities at railway stations and its properties.

The Union Minister of State for Railways, R. Velu told reporters here on Wednesday that commandoes would be given rigorous training on the lines of NSG and these men would be picked up from the railway battalions. The trained men would be posted at the most vulnerable and sensitive places identified by the department.

He said an integrated security system was being worked out for 140 railways stations in the country, which are prone to attacks, apart from the four Metro cities. As a part of it, CCTVs would be installed at all these stations to monitor the movements of suspicious elements apart from placing the services of bomb disposal and dog squads at the disposal. X-ray machines, metal detectors and enhanced Railway Protection Force (RPF) force would be part of this to meet the challenges.

Mr. Velu said that Secunderabad station would be upgraded into a world-class railway station with amenities like budget hotel, shopping malls, banks, stores among others. The entire station will have a cohesive scientific flow of outgoing and incoming traffic plan. It will take a few more years for the plan to take shape.

Regarding improving the facilities at the station, he said Rs. 8.50 crores has already been spent on various developmental works while Rs. 2.20 crore worth works were in progress. The proposed escalators would be installed within two years.

The Minister said that the proposal for the second phase of MMTS for the city was with the Railway Board and he would ensure that it was taken up for discussion soon. He expressed displeasure at the high rates of eatables at the food plazas outsourced on platforms and asked the officials to review the prices. He said a proposal has been sent to the government seeking land for constructing the third terminal at Hi-tech city station