The Government Railway Police (GRP) have arrested a 36-year-old man for allegedly holding a sickle-like weapon and allegedly threatening commuters at Byculla station. The accused was identified through CCTV camera footage at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT).According to the GRP, Darshana Deshmukh, a 30-year-old resident of Kalyan, who works as a chartered accountant with a reputed firm at Elphinstone, and usually takes a train to Byculla to board a Kalyan-bound fast train, saw a man armed with a sickle threatening commuters on Thursday.DNA had reported about the incident on December 23. The GRP launched a probe and nabbed the accused who has been identified as Ajay Pawar, a Kandivili resident. The police booked the accused under relevant sections of the Bombay Police Act.”We took the statement of the woman who had reported the incident to the railway authorities and so we soon reached out to her and registered the case against an unidentified person,” said a GRP officer.”The accused was arrested and was released on bail. The accused claimed that he worked as a fodder seller for cattle,” said Sanjay Shinde, police inspector, CSMT, GRP.
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A 28-year-old Mumbai-based man, whose laptop bag was stolen while he was sleeping on a train, is now being blackmailed by the thief who is demanding money in return for the bag.The thief is abusing the victim via text messages and threatening him to pay the money via Paytm or else he will burn all his valuables.According to the victim, Dhagesh Desai, he was returning to Mumbai from Indore in Avantika Express on December 4. Desai claimed that his bag was missing when he woke up in the morning.He immediately lodged a complaint with Borivili Government Railway Police. However, the next day he received a call from an unknown number.The caller told him that he had stolen the bag and if Desai wants it back, he will have to pay Rs 10,000 immediately failing which he will destroy all his documents.”He then started sending me messages on WhatsApp and threatened me that if within 10 minutes I did not pay the money then he will destroy everything. The bag contained my laptop, my wallet and other important office documents,” Desai told DNA.”I am wondering what kind of security the railway is providing in the coaches. There were few more passengers on the train who lost their mobile phones and other valuables. Is been 5 days that the FIR has been lodged but the police have not done anything,” he added
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<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Bhayander-based housewife, Vaidahi More, was in for a rude shock on Friday when she saw a man allegedly molesting and groping two women at Bhayander Railway station. More, along with one of the victims, approached the police, who were present on the platform to raise an alarm. However, the police refused to entertain the complainant.In a fit of rage, the woman shot a video and is seen threatening the police authorities to take the matter into her own hands and pick up weapons to fight the molester.More, a housewife, decided to confront the man with the help from other commuters and took the victim to the two police officers at the railway station. The police officers refused to help and asked her to catch hold of the person and bring him to them. More later found that the man had managed to escape after crossing tracks.”The policemen refused to nab the man and instead told me that we have other work to do. I came forward to fight after seeing the man molest other women. The attitude of police was pathetic and now I have decided that I will take the matter in my own hands and will attack men if they are found molesting women at public places,” an agitated More said.The housewife soon posted the video on social media and gained a huge response with over 8,000 people viewing it and a few others sharing it too. Purshottam Karad, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Western Zone, Government Railway Police, said, “We have got in touch with the woman and are also checking the CCTV camera footage.”
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 23-year-old railway cleaner was arrested by the Borivli Government Railway Police (GRP) for allegedly molesting a 31-year-old woman inside a Mumbai-bound Kutch Express near Viramgam railway station.According to GRP, the woman had visited Gandhidham in Gujarat for personal work when on Saturday at around 9.30 pm she boarded the general compartment of the train. When it neared Viramgam station, the accused — Bhanupratap Singh, a resident of Kanpur and a contractual cleaner with the railways — touched the woman inappropriately thrice.”The woman later alerted other commuters and they soon holed him up. The train reached Borivli at 1.20 am on Sunday and we arrested the accused after registering a formal complaint,” said a Borivli GRP officer.Abhang Rao, Senior Inspector, Borivli GRP, said, “We registered a case under sections 354 (molestation) of the Indian Penal Code and later transferred the case to Viramgam railway police and handed the accused to the Gujarat railway police.”
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Five policemen have been suspended for alleged insensitivity and negligence in handling the case where a 19-year-old girl was gang-raped in Bhopal. The move comes after the MP government formed a SIT to probe the matter on Friday, the Indian Express reported.On Thursday, the girl was allegedly gang-raped by four men when she was returning home after attending UPSC coaching class. According to reports, all the four men took breaks for tea and gutka and repeatedly raped her for three hours.Initially, three police stations refused to register her complaint even though both her parents are in police.The incident took place around 10 p.m. in the vicinity of the Habibganj railway station when the four men abducted the woman.Speaking to ANI, Government Railway Police (GRP) SP Anita Malviya said, “When the victim reached the desolate railway crossing, the four men dragged her under a culvert near the railway tracks and took turns to rape her before fleeing. They fled assuming the girl to be dead. The girl usually takes a bus while returning to her Vidisha residence, but that day she opted to take a train.””On the basis of the complaint lodged by the woman, a case was registered at the GRP Police Station (Habibganj Railway Station) as the area where the crime occurred falls under their jurisdiction. They have been booked under sections 376 D (gang rape) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention),” she said.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Government Railway Police (GRP) during the audit of railway stations on the Western Railway (WR) and Central Railway (CR) has pointed out to the Railways the need for more police stations and chowkies. The GRP will suggest the location of the infrastructure to the railways.The WR has seven police stations to monitor 37 railway stations from Churchgate to Bordi while CR has 10 police stations to monitor 85 railway stations including the Harbour and Trans-Harbour lines.Apart from the infrastructure for better policing, the GRP has mentioned important points for putting up fences and developing boundary walls along the tracks. Officers in the survey team have also noted points at which the Railways should provide better illumination lights for monitoring situations at railway platforms.”Due to lack of chowkies and police stations, it becomes difficult to control any situation immediately. The need for better infrastructure in terms of increasing the number of police stations and chowkies will enable our policemen to enhance the response time and control any untoward incident,” said a senior GRP officer.”During the inspection of railway platforms, we also found that the lights of a few railway platforms were dim and CCTV cameras were unable to provide proper footage of the railway platforms. Few spots were in complete darkness which is a security issue, especially for women,” said the officer.The Deputy Commissioners of Police from Central Zone and West Zone will submit a detailed report on safety measures required and the need for infrastructure at railway stations. A senior officer on condition of anonymity said, “With the increase in commuters, maintaining law and order situation is a challenging task.”Niket Kaushik, Commissioner of Railway Police, said, “We will submit our findings to the Railways and a joint discussion will be held soon.”AUDIT REPORTApart from infrastructure for better policing, officers in the survey team have noted points at which the Railways should provide better illumination lights for monitoring situations at railway platforms.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Worried about meeting the stringent deadline for constructing 10 new foot over bridges (FOBs) and rebuilding 14 FOBs, the Western Railway, for the first time, has sought external help. The department scheduled a brainstorming session for October 17.Railways Minister Piyush Goyal has given the railways 12-18 months for completing work on FOBs. Apart from calling in tenders and inviting consultants and builders for the work, the WR officials have said they will have to engage latest technologies to finish the project in such short notice.”As per plans, these consultants will give ideas on how to go about constructing new FOBs at available space and methods to demolish and rebuild existing FOBs,” said a WR official.They shall be discussing proper traffic planning, creating a foundation for pillars between two tracks within limited space, modification to OHE equipment, relocating signalling poles and shifting other utilities.The railway board has also given permission to extend the mega block timings at night from 2hours to at least 4 hours to help to carry out safety works.ON THE AGENDAMeanwhile, Director General RPF, Dharmendra Kumar has sent a letter to Maharashtra Director General of Police Satish Mathur for proper codification of duties between the Railway Protection Force (RPF) and Government Railway Police (GRP) and avoid any overlapping of duties and roles during crises and exigencies. A committee has been formed to decide standard operating procedures to avoid any overlap.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Government Railway Police (GRP) have sought to double their manpower and proposed for 3500 additional policemen to the state government. The current workforce of 3000 policemen is falling short to control the Mumbai Suburban Rail network due to increase in the number of commuters. GRP will also suggest railways to increase police chowkies and railway police stations for better law and order. Shockingly, since 1999, the strength of GRP has not been increased.”We have a strength of 3000 policemen and are short of 3500 policemen. We have proposed for the additional force for efficient policing,” said Niket Kaushik, Commissioner of Police, GRP.”We will conduct a survey of railway stations and submit our findings to the Railways department as to where we would require more police chowkies and stations. A few police stations are located far away from the railway station which makes it difficult for the commuters to reach out to us and also increases our response time if we need to reach out to any emergency,” another GRP officer said.The 13 committees, which has been formed by the railways to study the crowd management measures, will have a GRP officer who will submit its findings to the railways. “We will be waiting for the agenda of the meeting and its conclusions. The onus is on the Railways to first develop infrastructure and provide relief to the commuters.”
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A senior Government Railway Police (GRP) officer has written to Western Railway (WR) stating that the location of a GRP office at Mumbai Central poses safety risks not just to women commuters who wish to lodge complaints at the office, but also to female GRP staff manning the office.In a letter written last month to the Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) of WR, the Deputy Commissioner of Police, GRP, has stated that not only is it unsafe for commuters to visit the DCP West Zone, GRP office at Mumbai Central, even female GRP staffers feel insecure as the office is situated at an isolated place. The GRP has asked for a new office space.The DCP office located outside Mumbai Central Railway station passes through the isolated Coach Care Centre of WR. The road is pitch dark in the evening, making it unsafe for female commuters, visitors and also the policewomen working in the ground-plus-one dilapidated structure.DNA accessed the letter addressed to the DRM WR Mukul Jain, General Manager and senior Railway Police officers. It contains photos of the isolated stretch and of garbage collected from the coaches which is dumped by the WR near the DCP office.Turn to P4The letter states, “DCP Railway (West) has its jurisdiction from Churchgate to Bordi Railway station. So, many visitors, including women, come to DCP office for help/grievances. It makes it difficult for ladies to reach this office through such area, which is risky for women’s safety. The same condition is faced by the ladies staff of this office.”The letter contains photographs of the isolated stretch and of garbage collected from the coaches which is dumped by the WR near the DCP office.”We feel unsafe to walk on the stretch which has labourers and rag pickers outside the railway station. Moreover, we always find men standing suspiciously outside the station. We dread taking night shifts as it might lead to some untoward incident. Such is the irony that while we are responsible for safety of commuters, we ourselves feel unsafe in the premise. We demand a safer working place from the authorities,” said a female officer working with GRP.DCP Purshottam Karad, GRP, said, “The condition of the building is bad and we have received complaints from our lady officers that the stretch is risky for women’s safety. We have requested the WR to allocate us a new office space as early as possible. The building is in dangerous condition and it is important that the female commuters feel safe while approaching us.”However, when approached for comment on the issue, DRM WR Mukul Jain, said, “It is untrue that female officers or commuters feel unsafe as there is a Railway Protection Force check-post and it’s a safe area. We are also conducting repairs on the old building. I do not think it is a problem which needs attention.”
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On the fateful Friday, when 23 persons lost their lives and 35 persons were injured in a stampede on the Elphinstone foot-overbridge, neither Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel nor the Government Railway Police (GRP) were present during the incident.Railway commuter groups have slammed the railways for the inadequacy of the RPF, who are unable to control the crowd and further risk the lives of commuters.Usually, during peak hours, GRP and RPF personnel are present on the FOB to guide commuters. However, the eyewitnesses present during the tragedy have alleged that neither of the personnel were present during the incident.Heena Valeria, a resident of Lower Parel, was injured and suffocating. Instead of taking the exit to Elphinstone but decided to take an exit from Parel, Valeria said, “Earlier, we used to see police personnel guiding the commuters in one lane towards the exit. But on the day of the incident, we did not find any police present. People needed first aid but to no avail. People died and no police personnel came for help.”Madhu Kotian of Mumbai Rail Pravasi Sangh, said, “The railways is fooling commuters by making the RPF an agency for the safety of their premises. They do not bother to keep commuters safe as they are not trained to control the crowd. Similarly, due to lack of infrastructure and lack of strength, the GRP has failed as well.”Rajiv Singal, member of Divisional Railway Users Consultative Committee (DRUCC), slammed railways and said, “Both agencies do not have a standard operating procedure to control the crowd.”Spokespersons from RPF and GRP rubbished the allegations and denied to comment any further on the issue.FACING HEATRailway commuter groups have slammed the railways for the inadequacy of the RPF, who are unable to control the crowd and further risk the lives of commuters. Eyewitnesses present allege that no personnel was present on Friday.
According to the GRP, the couple — Suresh Shinde, 23 and Vrushali Lalage, 19 — were found on the tracks between Badlapur and Vangani <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A young couple from Ratnagiri allegedly killed themselves by jumping in front of a running train between the Badlapur and Vangani railway stations. The Kalyan Government Railway Police (GRP) has registered an accidental death case. Meanwhile, cops probing the case claim that the couple took the extreme step because their families were opposed to their relationship.According to the GRP, the couple — Suresh Shinde, 23 and Vrushali Lalage, 19 — were found on the tracks between Badlapur and Vangani. The motorman alerted the Badlapur station master, after which a police team located the bodies and sent it for autopsy. “The family was against their relationship, so Vrushali eloped with Suresh,” said a senior GRP officer, adding, “We have registered a case of accidental death and have contacted the families. We are also taking their statements, and if we receive a complaint, will also register a case of abetment of suicide.”
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Government Railway Police has begun its investigation into the derailment of Kalinga Utkal Express with its personnel visiting the accident site and recording statements of locals in Khatauli, an official said today. Investigating officer (IO) of the GRP, Deputy Superintendent of Police Randhir Singh yesterday met shopkeepers, house owners and others for their account of the what had happened on the evening of August 19. “We will file our report against those found guilty for the derailment as soon as we will finish our probe,” Singh said. Thirteen bogies of the train derailed on Saturday in Khatauli near here, killing 22 people and injuring 156, 26 grievously. The GRP had registered a case of death by rash and negligent act in connection with Utkal Express train accident under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and The Railway Act. The Commissioner of Rail Safety has summoned the station superintendent of Khatauli railway station Prakash Singh and 12 railway gangmen who were on duty when the train derailed. “We have been called to Delhi to record our statements in connection with the enquiry being carried out by the CRS,” the station superintendent said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 19-year-old man was arrested from suburban Borivli for flashing a woman in the ladies compartment of a local train in May, a Government Railway Police (GRP) official said today. The incident occurred on May 24 when the woman boarded the ladies coach at Borivli station. The man, identified as Raju Papu, boarded an adjacent compartment for the handicapped, which is separated by a grill, and unzipped his trouser. Based on the victim’s complaint, the Borivali GRP registered a complaint and initiated a probe. The girl snapped a picture of the man and posted it on a social networking site. Using that photo, police began gathering information about the accused, the official said. Police came to know that the accused was a vagrant and started looking for him at various footpaths in the nearby areas. A team was also sent to neighbouring cities like Vapi and Valsad in Gujarat to trace him, the official added. He was nabbed by a patrolling team of the GRP near Borivli station yesterday. He was booked under sections 354 A (punishment for sexual harassment), and 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) of the IPC, the official said. Further probe is on.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Those accustomed to spitting or littering on railway platforms, be warned. Starting September, the Railways will use its CCTV network to monitor 74 lakh commuters using the Mumbai suburban rail system to crack down on such culprits.This decision has been taken as part of the Swachhta Pakwada campaign that is underway. Sources said that the Railway Board in Delhi has come out with a circular, which states that close and effective monitoring of cleanliness needs to be done using the live feeds from CCTVs.The Western Railway (WR) here had a meeting on the same. “We are coordinating with the Railway Police Force (RPF) to share data so as to catch offenders dirtying the station premises. We know it will be difficult but looking at the CCTVs we can immediately ask the ticket collector or station master to catch the offender,” said a senior WR official.WR is also working on roping in the RPF to add to the manpower.Those caught will be booked section 198 of Railway Act for littering on rail premises and fine between Rs 200 and Rs 500 be levied depending on severity of the offence.They have begun monitoring the A1 and A grade stations. Anti-littering posters too have been put at stations. Feedback will be taken from commuters regarding cleanliness.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An object, suspected to be a bomb, was today recovered from a Silchar-bound parcel baggage in Guwahati railway station, GRP and police officials said.A Home Guard on duty at the Railway Mail Service (RMS) area, behind platform number one, heard a ticking sound from the parcel baggage at around 9.45 am and immediately informed the Government Railway Police there, a GRP official told PTI.The GRP then informed the police who arrived with a bomb disposal squad for removing the baggage to an isolated place, the official said.Director General of Police Mukesh Sahay said, it was not immediately known if the parcel contained a bomb.”The laid down drill for any suspicious object will be followed by isolating it and then finding out what it is”, Sahay said.”We will have to first detect whether it is a bomb.Only after that, will the question of who is involved will come in”, the DGP said.On being asked as to why there was no CCTV in the RMS area, Sahay said, “Only the Railway authority can comment about it. It is good to have CCTV but nevertheless a security personnel detected it”.Meanwhile, the suspicious object, weighing 10 kg, was taken safely in a special truck to an open uninhabited area of Rani on the outskirts of Guwahati, a bomb disposal official”said.The official suspected it to be a handmade improvised explosive devise (IED) fitted with a programmable time device (PTD).Urging photo journalists not to use camera flash while taking photos as it could trigger a blast, he said, the object would be safely detonated with another IED.The parcel sorting personnel at the RMS yard said, the baggage, with many articles, had a GPO seal marked for Silchar in south Assam’s Barak Valley.It was to be transported by truck as railway services were suspended for the last ten days due to floods.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A man died after he and another person were allegedly pushed out by some people from a train near a railway station in Haryana’s Faridabad district, a senior GRP official said today. Davinder (38), a resident of Palwal district, and Lalit were allegedly pushed out by some miscreants last night, DSP Government Railway Police (GRP), Mohinder Singh said over phone. “It has been found in preliminary investigations that there was a dispute between the two sides (victims and the assailants) over some matter,” he said. The duo were allegedly pushed out of a Delhi-Indore train near the Asaoti Railway Station, which is close to Palwal. Davinder was killed in the incident, and Lalit suffered serious injured and has been hospitalised, the DSP said. The accused, like the victims, were standing near the coach’s door, Singh said. The DSP said that a case has been registered and two people have been taken into custody. The matter is being investigated, he said. The incident comes close on the heels of 17-year-old boy being stabbed in a Mathura-bound train when he and his brothers were returning from Delhi to Palwal district’s Khandawli village after Eid shopping on June 22.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ahead of Independence Day, railway employees in the region have been put on alert and have been asked to be present at their workplaces, an officer of the Jammu Railway wing said. Security has been beefed up at all the railway stations, including at Jammu, Udhampur, Katra, Kathua and Samba, and on tracks, the official said. “The railways have been put on alert and employees have been asked to be present in their offices ahead of Independence Day. It is done as a routine before such days,” he said. “The security has been beefed up at railway stations and on the track. Security personnel have been asked to be alert,” Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP)-Railway Mohd Arshad said. Checking and frisking at railways stations have been increased and patrolling on track intensified, he said. The decision comes a day after a crude bomb and a letter warning of revenge for the killing of Lashkar-e-Taiba commander Abu Dujana was recovered from the Amritsar-bound Akal Takth Express at Amethi in Uttar Pradesh by the Government Railway Police.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ahead of Independence Day, railway employees in the region have been put on alert and have been asked to be present at their workplaces, an officer of the Jammu Railway wing said. Security has been beefed up at all the railway stations, including at Jammu, Udhampur, Katra, Kathua and Samba, and on the tracks, the official said. “The railways have been put on alert and employees have been asked to be present in their offices ahead of Independence Day. It is done as a routine before such days,” he said. “The security has been beefed up at railway stations and on the track. Security personnel have been asked to be alert,” Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP)-Railway Mohd Arshad said. Checking and frisking at railways stations have been increased and patrolling on track intensified, he said. The decision comes a day after a crude bomb and a letter warning of revenge for the killing of Lashkar-e-Taiba commander Abu Dujana was recovered from the Amritsar-bound Akal Takth Express at Amethi in Uttar Pradesh by the Government Railway Police.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The body of Buxar district magistrate Mukesh Pandey was on Thursday found near the railway tracks here, police said.His body was found from the rail tracks about one km from the Ghaziabad railway station, they said, adding a purported suicide note was also recovered from the spot.In the note it was written that Pandey, a 2012-batch IAS officer, was fed up with his life and lost his “belief on human existence”.”I am committing suicide in district centre area of Janakpuri in west Delhi…by jumping off the 10th floor of the building. I am fed up with life and my belief on human existence has gone, my suicide note is kept in a Nike bag in room 742 of a five-star (name withheld) hotel in Delhi. I am sorry, I love you all! Please forgive me,” said the note, according to Senior Superintendent of Police H N Singh.Singh said it was not immediately known that at what time or how Pandey committed suicide.The SSP added that the post mortem would be conducted tomorrow.Officials of the Government Railway Police (GRP) who reached the spot, near Kotgaon here, said prime facie it appeared a case of suicide.Senior officials of Ghaziabad district administration also reached the spot.Meanwhile, a senior Delhi Police official said that police received information from his friends that Pandey would commit suicide and had gone to a west Delhi mall.A police team was immediately rushed to the mall but it could not trace him.After scanning the CCTV footage, it was found that he was leaving the mall and going towards the nearby metro station, the official said, adding on analysis of CCTV footage there, he could not be traced.Later, Delhi Police learnt that he had committed suicide, the official said.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Government Railway Police (GRP) in Mumbai have arrested a 55-year-old labourer for allegedly making calls warning of bomb blasts at railway stations earlier this month. An anonymous call on July 13 had sent the railway police into a tizzy, but the information proved to be wrong. It was Babu Chauhan who had called the control room at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus and said that a blast was likely at the Churchgate station in South Mumbai, said a GRP official today. The police traced the call to a PCO in Mahim, central Mumbai, and zeroed in on Chauhan from CCTV footage. Chauhan, a native of Gujarat who works in the catering industry and lives on a footpath in Mahim, was arrested yesterday under section 177 (furnishing false information) of IPC, the official said. He was produced in a court today which remanded him in judicial custody till August 4. After reading about terror attacks in newspapers, he feared similar attacks in the city and called the GRP control room to warn the police, the official said. “After reading about attack on Amarnath pilgrims in Kashmir, he called the control room the next day and warned about a blast at Churchgate,” he said. Chauhan had also called earlier, on July 5, asking the police to increase the security at railway stations. “He called the control room and said, “Tomorrow is July 6. Increase the security at railway stations as explosives are being brought from Kharghar,” the official said. Though probe is on, it seems that Chauhan didn’t have any mischief in mind, the officer said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The number of crimes against women in trains rose by 35 per cent during 2014-2016, the government informed Parliament today. During 2014-2016, 1,607 cases of crimes against women passengers in trains were registered. 448 such cases were registered in 2014, 553 in 2015, 606 in 2016, Minister of State for Railways Rajen Gohain said in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha. He said that 1,216 people were arrested for crimes against women in trains during the period. “Policing on railways being a state subject, prevention of crime, registration of cases, their investigation and maintenance of law and order on railway premises as well as on running trains are the statutory responsibility of state governments, which they discharge through the Government Railway Police (GRP),” he said. The minister said the Railway Protection Force (RPF) supplements the efforts of the GRP. He said the Railway Ministry has undertaken several steps to ensure safety of passengers in trains. It has deployed GRP and RPF escorts in trains on vulnerable routes, set up a security helpline number and conducted drives to prevent men from travelling in compartments reserved for women, Gohain said. The railways has also installed CCTV cameras at 344 stations and provided women RPF constables to escort ladies special trains running in metros, the minister said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BMC’s plans to have its own police force to stop encroachment and act against illegal construction were announced in 2013, but have seen no momentum since owing to the lacklustre attitude of the ruling party at the BMC.The proposal to set up a separate civic police force and police stations was prepared and submitted by the erstwhile additional municipal commissioner of BMC Manu Kumar Srivastav to help enforce civic laws.Former chief minister Prithviraj Chavan, who received the proposal, told DNA, “We had asked the BMC to pay for the force. But they refused to do so. The proposal has been going back and forth for the last several years.”BMC’s idea for its own force was conceptualised keeping in mind the Government Railway Police (GRP). The railways have their own protection force but for penal actions, they depend on the GRP. Similarly, the BMC has its security staff, but for activities like demolition, removal of encroachment, etc, it depends on the local police.Opposition leader in Legislative Council Dhananjay Munde said that the BMC had deposits worth Rs 60,000 crore in various banks. “If they have such huge funds, why they are not willing to bear the cost of the force,” he questioned.Senior BMC official said setting up the police force will not be possible without political support. “Many times we are unable to take action due to lack of security deployment. Whenever we write to the police seeking forces, they cite unavailability due bandobast duties for Ganesh festivals, Moharam etc,” a BMC official said.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Following a series of flashing and molestation incidents on the Central and Western Railway premises, the Government Railway Police (GRP) has increased vigilance on railway platforms and on board the trains.Most of the recent incidents that made news took place in broad daylight, and this has raised questions on the safety of women in the city, and the implementation of the Women Safety Drive initiated by the GRP. Issues such as non-functioning helpline numbers or delayed response from railway officials has also been raised by commuters.Concerns have also been raised by the State Women’s Commission, who in their latest report to the State government revealed that government agencies spring into action to nab offenders only after public outrage. Several such cases go unnoticed when not reported, the report said. The commission raised these concerns following a rise in cases of molestation and rape in the state at large.As the recent cases sparked renewed concerns on women’s safety in Mumbai, DNA spoke to citizens, and asked women if still felt safe travelling on railway trains in Mumbai.RAILWAY CASE FILESJuly 10: Woman travelling in the ladies compartment from Borivli to Dadar was flashed at and threatened of rape by a youth travelling in the adjacent handicap compartment
July 12: A man flashed at a 22-year-old woman working at a child rights NGO at the CST premises
July 15: Teen molests woman on a platform at Churchgate railway station CITIZENS SPEAKThough local trains are a faster option, they can be quite unsafe. If the ladies compartment is relatively empty, drug addicts and perverts tend to board the compartment and harass women. Steps need to be taken by the railway ministry to ensure women’s safety by fixing emergency alarms and securing railway station entrances from non bonafide passengers. Handing security over to a private agency may be a better option.— Aparna Vhatkar, commutes on Mumbai local daily from Andheri to ChurchgateIt is shameful that women are becoming victims of such perverts, and that too, on public transport in a city like Mumbai. Authorities need to take stringent action against such perverts and also take necessary precautions for the safety of women.— Kailash Babubhai Patel, Borivli residentThere is a need to increase security on local trains to prevent flashing incidents. Rise in such incidents shows that railways is going soft on the issue. Co-passengers also need to stay vigilant of anti-social elements.— Akalakh Khan, Andheri residentI feel quite safe travelling at night as there’s a policeman deployed in the ladies compartment. But during the day there have been instances of young men from the slums passing lewd comments at women standing near the door. Slum dwellers living along railway lines need to be sensitised.— Darshana Pinto, College Student, Chembur residentI often travel by train post 9 pm and have seen an improvement in safety since the installation of CCTV cameras and posting of a police personnel in the ladies compartment. But it is important to ensure that cameras are installed in all trains and that they remain in working condition. Officials also need to ensure that instant help is available when commuters call the helpline— Saniya Gabhare, Architect, Borivli residentPolice presence needs to be felt during less crowded hours. Many a times, we do not see railway police at stations, and lighting at some spots can be poor. The security needs to be upgraded and manning of platforms must be done. Also, action taken against perverts who flash or molest women should be publicised so that it can deter others.— Vera Alvares, Bandra residentEXPERT SPEAKIncidents of molestation and flashing have increased. Security agencies must ensure that women travelling on local and outstation trains feel safe. Rise in such incidents questions the capability of the police force. It’s a woman’s right to feel secure when she step out of her residence. The onus is on the police in Maharashtra, and they must be prompt when responding to such untoward incidents. Mumbai local is the city’s lifeline, and such incidents create panic and insecurity among women, which is shameful.— Dr Vijaya Rahatkar, Chairperson, Maharashtra State Women’s CommissionOverall, cases of molestation on Railway premises have come down. Such incidents are unacceptable and addressing the issue is a priority. We have cracked 99 per cent of such cases, arresting and chargesheeting offenders involved in flashing and molesting women on railway premises. Posting of night guards in the ladies compartment has brought down incidents of molestation at night. The GRP helpline number is also accessible to commuters seeking help.— Niket Kaushik, Commissioner of Government Railway Police
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> At least one labourer was killed and two others injured after an under construction flyover fell on railway track in Bihar?s Sasaram on Saturday. Many others are feared to be trapped under debris. Police personnel, Railway Police Force (RPF) and rescue team have reached the spot and are busy with relief operations. Even the locals are assisting in the rescue operations. Further details are awaited.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A man has been arrested here after he was allegedly found extracting money from passengers on a train posing as a Travel Ticket Examiner (TTE), officials said. Pravesh Rawat was issuing “receipts” to some passengers who were travelling without ticket and collecting “fine” from them on board the train from Dehradun to Delhi yesterday, an official of the Government Railway Police (GRP) said. However, some frequent travellers soon got suspicious of his actions and alerted the GRP, he said. Rawat, a resident of Jahangirpuri in Delhi, was held at the railway station here, the official said, adding a case of cheating has been lodged against him.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Government Railway Police on Wednesday arrested a man who had allegedly masturbated while staring at a woman in the wee hours of June 29 in Tapovan Express. Identified as Ashok Pradhan, the 20-year-old hails from Bhubaneswar but stays in Mahul in Chembur.According to the police, Pradhan’s act was filmed by a woman on her mobile phone. The woman, who was travelling with a friend from Mumbai to Nashik, said she approached the police immediately but they did not move to nab the culprit. She then took to Twitter to complain to the Ministry of Railways and Mumbai police, yet received no response. On Tuesday, when another Twitter user tagged the railway minister and the divisional railway manager, the RPF was told to probe the matter.Soon a case of molestation was registered at CST railway police station and the accused was traced within six hours with the help of CCTV footage, according to Sanjay Shinde, senior inspector at CSMT railway police. Once he is identified by the victim, charges of obscenity and outraging modesty can be pressed against him.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Vadodara court today issued summons to Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan over the stampede at the railway station here during a train trip to promote his film ‘Raees” which left a man dead. The court of judicial magistrate first class S P Dave issued summons to Khan under section 204 of the CrPC after noting that there was sufficient ground for proceeding against him in the case, and ordered him to remain present in the court on July 27. Section 204 of the CrPC deals with issue of processes if, in the opinion of a magistrate, there is sufficient ground for proceeding against a person. The magistrate then shall issue summons for securing the attendance of theaccused. A private complaint against Khan was filed by a man named Jitendra Solanki. Solanki had moved the court after the police refused to take his complaint and register an FIR against Khan. His lawyer Juned Saiyed argued that negligence shown by Khan had caused chaos and loss of public property at the railway station. The incident had left one dead and several others injured. The Gujarat High Court had earlier stayed summons issued to Khan by the Government Railway Police on the same issue, maintaining that summons under CrPC cannot be issued to a person not staying within the limits of the police station where an offence has occurred. Farheed Khan Pathan, a local politician, had suffered a heart attack at the Vadodara railway station on January 23 after being caught in the huge rush of Khan’s fans, waiting for a glimpse of the superstar. Khan, who was promoting “Raees” had arrived at the station by August Kranti Express from Mumbai. Pathan subsequently died in a hospital.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Banda district administration here today held the Government Railway Police (GRP) responsible for the incident in which a family had to carry the body of their relative on a rickshaw for post- portem. The video of the body being carried on the rickshaw had gone viral on social media and local news channels. “Instead of arranging for an ambulance to carry the body of Ram Asrey, it was taken on a rickshaw. This was revealed in a probe carried out by SDM Sadar. Prima facie, the GRP has been found guilty,” Banda District Magistrate Mahendra Bahadur Singh told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Haryana Railway Police on Saturday nabbed the main accused who stabbed 16-year-old Junaid Khan to death near Ballabhgarh on June 22 from Maharashtra’s Dhule. The accused has been identified as Naresh Rakh.According to sources, Rakh was looking for employment in Dhule’s Sakri. The source also said Rakh decided to settle in a remote part of the state to escape arrest. After identifying the accused, police secretly tracked his mobile phone. Also, a Government Railway Police (GRP) team was hot on his trail for a week before finally nabbing him.Police said Rakh would not remain in the same location for long after a reward of Rs 2 lakh was announced for anyone who would provide credible information about him. The police also released a sketch of the accused based on Junaid’s brother’s account was flashed by the police.Sources also said that the police also brought a relative of the accused to Sakri, who then helped them zero in on Rakh, said a source.The police said Rakh confessed to stabbing Junaid during interrogation.”We provided local assistance to the Haryana police team to detain the main accused in the lynching case. We have handed him (Rakh) over to the Haryana police after making a note of the incident in our diary,” said Ramkumar, Superintendent of Police, DhuleThe police had earlier arrested five persons, including a Delhi government employee, in connection with the killing of Junaid.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The prime accused in the killing of Muslim youth Junaid onboard a Mathura-bound train, was arrested today from Dhule district of Maharashtra, the Government Railway Police (GRP) said today.A statement released by the GRP said that a team was sent to Dhule following on a tip-off information that the accused person was hiding there. According to NDTV, the Faridabad Police says the accused has confessed to stabbing the teenager.The main accused was arrested and would be produced before a court tomorrow, the GRP said. The name of the accused was not given in the statement.
ALSO READ Ballabhgarh Lynching: Junaid Khan’s killers had a foot-long knife, says kinEarlier, the police had arrested several persons including a 50-year-old Delhi government employee in connection with the murder, but the prime accused had been at large.The incident had triggered a nationwide outrage.17-year-old Junaid was stabbed to death when he, along with his brothers, was returning home to Khandawli village in Ballabgarh after shopping for Eid in Delhi.Junaid was killed while his brothers – Hashim and Sakir – were injured by a mob which also allegedly hurled slurs against them onboard the Delhi-Mathura passenger train between Ballabgarh and Mathura stations.The youth’s body was dumped close to Asaoti village in Faridabad district.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 50-year-old Delhi government employee was among four persons arrested today in connection with the killing of a Muslim youth onboard a Mathura-bound train, the police said. With these arrests the number of those held in the case, which triggered nation-wide outrage, has reached five but the “prime accused” is still at large, they added. “We have arrested four more persons, including three youths, aged between 24 and 30 years and a 50-year-old man,” Kamaldeep Goel, the Superintendent of Police (SP), Government Railway Police (GRP), Faridabad, told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An AIADMK (Amma) MP lost his bag containing Rs 50,000 while travelling on a train to Mettupalayam, police said today. The loss of the bag came to light around 5.30 AM yesterday when AK Selvaraj woke up and found his bag missing, they said. After the train, coming from Chennai, reached Coimbatore, he alighted and filed a complaint with the Railway Police, they said. A case has been registered and investigation is on, police said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A pantry car staffer of the Mumbai- Jaipur Aravali Express was arrested for allegedly raping a passenger on the train, the police said today. The 32-year-old woman, a resident of Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh, stated in her complaint that on June 9, she was travelling from Mumbai to Jaipur by Aravali Express on an unreserved ticket and the coach was overcrowded. Azhar Khan, a staffer of the pantry car, approached her with a promise of a seat. He then took her to the ‘no-entry’ section of the pantry car and allegedly raped her, P N Gamit, police inspector (in-charge), Government Railway Police (GRP), Surat, said. The woman, who was travelling alone, did not have a reserved seat and the bogies were overcrowded, he added. “The accused also threatened to throw the woman out of the train if she narrated her ordeal to anyone. “After reaching Jaipur, she informed her family members of the incident, following which an FIR was lodged at Jaipur and the case transferred to Surat,” said Gamit. The accused, a Jhansi resident and a contractual employee of a Delhi-based firm for the pantry car of Aravali Express, was arrested by the Vadodara GRP last night. He was identified on the basis of the description provided by the victim. Khan was later handed over to the Surat GRP, which is investigating the case, said Gamit.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Western Railways on Tuesday confirmed that one person has been arrested for raping a 32-year-old girl on the Bandra-Jaipur Aravali Express on June 9.In a statement, Western Railway said, “The accused, Ajhar Khan, who raped the victim in the running train between Surat and Bharuch, has been arrested. The case, registered under IPC Section 376 at the Government Railway Police (GRP) station, Jaipur, has been transferred to GRP Surat”.On June 9, a 32-year-old woman was raped in the Bandra-Jaipur Aravali Express.According to the victim, she was travelling with her friend was approached by the pantry car’s worker, Ajhar, when she wasn’t able to find a seat for herself.Ajhar said that he has spoken to the T.C. and a seat has been arranged for her.When the train reached Surat, Khan called the lady in the train’s pantry car and molested and raped her. He even blackmailed her that he would kill her.She filed a report after getting off the train at Jaipur and the case was registered.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Heavy rains lashed parts of south India today, while the eastern and northern parts of the country continued to reel under the intense heat wave with Barmer in Rajasthan recording a high of 45.8 degrees Celsius. In the national capital, it was a humid day with the maximum temperature settling at 40.1 degrees Celsius. The minimum temperature was recorded at 26 degrees, a notch below the season’s average, said a MeT department official. The humidity level oscillated between 79 and 26 per cent. Rainwater entered nearly 200 houses in low-lying Greenfield area in the tourist town of Udhagamandalam in Tamil Nadu, following heavy rains that lashed for nearly two and half hours. The rains started pouring in the noon in various parts of the city, inundating low-lying areas, resulting in water entering Railway Police Station, and two commercial complexes in Charing Cross in the heart of the town. With the South West Monsoon becoming active over Kerala, the state and union territory of Lakshadweep received heavy rains. The highest amount of rain was received in Vadakara in Kozhikode (8 cm), while Minicoy (Lakshadweep) and Mavelikkara (Alapuzha) received 7 cm rains each, an IMD bulletin said. In Haryana and Punjab, the maximum temperature hovered close to normal level. UT Chandigarh recorded maximum temperature of 39.8 degrees Celsius, as per the MeT department report. Ambala in Haryana recorded maximum temperature at 40.1 degrees Celsius while maximum temperatures in Hisar and Karnal settled at 42.2 and 40.4 degrees Celsius respectively. In Punjab, Amritsar recorded maximum temperature at 41.1 degrees Celsius. In Rajasthan, mercury showed an upward trend in most of the places. Barmer was recorded as the hottest with 45.8 degrees Celsius followed by 45 degrees Celsius in Jaisalmer, 44.3 degrees Celsius in Ganganagar, and 44 degrees Celsius in Churu. In the last 24 hours, Girva (Udaipur) received 4 cm rainfall and Abu Road (Sirohi) registered 2 cm rain. In Odisha, the mercury breached the 40 degrees Celsius mark at five places. Malkangiri became the the hottest place in the state recording 41.5 degrees Celsius followed by Jharsuguda town where the mercury stood at 41 degrees Celsius, the MeT office here said. At least 16 heat-related deaths have been reported in the state so far this summer, said the office of the Special Relief Commissioner (SRC). In Bihar, mercury showed a rising trend with Gaya being the hottest place at 42.3 degrees Celsius. The maximum temperature in Patna was 39.4 degrees Celsius, state MeT office bulletin said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Government Railway Police (GRP) personnel was today arrested for allegedly raping a woman inside a moving train, officials said. The woman, who hailed from Meerut, boarded the Lucknow- Chandigarh train from Chandpur railway station for here. The accused personnel, who was present in her compartment, forcefully took her to an empty coach and raped her after which she passed out, the woman alleged in her complaint. The accused GRP personnel was held by the people at Bijnor station and handed over to the railway police. Railway police post in-charge Ravi Mohan Sharma said the accused has been arrested on the complaint of the woman and probe is on. The GRP, under the state government, is tasked with the maintenance of law and order and ensuring passenger safety on board trains and on railways property.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Posing for photos near a railway track turned tragic for a man who lost his life while his relative suffered injuries after they were hit by a passenger train in Secunderabad, a Government Railway Police official said today. The incident occurred on Sunday when Sampath Kumar, in his mid 30s, came to the city from Godavarikhani city and went to tracks along with his two relatives, GRP Secunderabad sub-inspector Nageswar Reddy said. “The trio went near the tracks between Alwal and Bollarum railway stations. While Sampath and one of his relatives Sravan stood near the tracks, their another relative started clicking their photos with a mobile phone. After noticing a train approaching towards them their relative warned Sampath and Sravan to move aside from the tracks, but the duo insisted him to continue taking snaps when the train hit them,” the officer said. While Sampath died on the spot, Sravan has fractured one of his hands, he said, adding a case was registered under section 174 CrPC.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A youth was killed after he was hit by a passenger train in Bihar’s Nawada district today. The incident happened when the youth was walking on the railway track with earphones plugged in, Government Railway Police (GRP) SHO Karu Choudhary said. Eyewitnesses said that the youth was engrossed in listening to music. He could not hear the whistle of the Gaya-Kiul Passenger train and was run over, the SHO said. The deceased was identified as Rajiv Ranjan (18), Government Railway Police (GRP) SHO Karu Choudhary said. He was a resident of Daniyawan village under the jurisdiction of Roh police station. Ranjan’s body was handed over to his family after post-mortem, the SHO said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Aligarh Railway Station on Thursday was put on high alert after the Aligarh Police and station officials received a call threatening to blow up the place. The Aligarh Police in coordination with the Railway Police, beefed up the security in and around the railway station premises. Even dog squads were brought in for proper checking of passengers and the station. Senior Superintendent of Police Aligarh Rajesh Kumar Pandey informed that the information had been received from their and railway station?s control room. ?Our bomb disposal squad, Railway Protection Force (RPF), Government Railway Police (GRP) team inspected the place thoroughly. We received the information that the Aligarh Railway Station will be bombed,? he told ANI. Along with the premises, even the passengers coming in and going out of the station are being properly checked.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a tragic coincidence, wives of two policemen ended their lives in unrelated incidents in Solapur city of western Maharashtra today. Charushila Bhangale (32) allegedly set herself on fire at around 7 this morning at Police Colony in the city. Her husband works with Railway Police in Mumbai. She was allegedly fed up with torture, abuse and beating up by the husband in the presence of family members, said a police officer investigating the case. The husband, the couple’s two children and in-laws were home when she set herself on fire after drenching herself with kerosene. She was rushed to the hospital but succumbed to injuries. In the second incident, Vijayalakshmi Birajdar (28) hanged herself at her house in Police Colony. She had married only eight months ago. Her husband, who works with Solapur Rural Police, allegedly harassed her, demanding that she bring money from her parents, police said. Unable to meet the demand, she committed suicide. “Jail Road Police have registered offences against both victims’ husbands,” said inspector S M Kane. In the first case police registered a case of abetment of suicide, while in the second, a case of dowry death was registered. Further probe is on.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A shocking video of a dog feeding on a body at the mortuary of the civil hospital in Jind in Haryana surfaced on social media triggering outrage and prompting the state government to order a probe into the incident. The latest incident comes barely four months after three disturbing incidents of rats nibbling at dead bodies at hospitals in Kurukshetra and Kaithal were reported. In the latest video, a stray dog is seen feeding on the body of an unidentified person lying in the mortuary of the civil hospital, Jind. The video is believed to have been shot by a passerby, who also alerted hospital officials about the incident. Police said the dead body had been found on railway tracks and was brought to the hospital on April 16 by the Railway Police for post-mortem examination. Taking a strict view of the incident, Health Minister Anil Vij today ordered an inquiry into the whole incident. The minister has asked Director (Dental Health) in the Haryana government Dr Parveen Sethi to look into the matter and submit a report within two days, an official spokesman said here. A police officials said that the body was properly handled and the room had been locked a they had no clue how the door was opened and dog managed entry inside. The body had been kept for identification in a separate room of the mortuary premises, the official added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two medical representatives have been arrested for allegedly attempting to molest a woman on board a Chennai-bound train. The incident occurred last night on the Ernakulam-Chennai Suvidha Express soon after the train left Palakkad junction, police said. At around midnight, the 23-year-old woman raised an alarm that the duo, who were occupying the berths opposite her, had tried to molest her, they said. The co-passengers, who woke up on hearing her cries, caught the two men, beat them up and handed them over to railway police after the train reached Coimbatore station, police said. The two men were handed over to railway police in Palakkad this morning as the incident occurred near that station, police said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Over 200 two-wheelers were today gutted after a fire broke out at an authorised parking area of Raipur Railway Station in Chhattisgarh’s capital here, police said. No one was injured in the incident, police said. The fire was noticed in the vehicles stationed in a corner of the parking lot in the railway station premises at around 12 noon, SHO Government Railway Police (GRP) Raipur Rajkumar Borjha told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A high-level co-ordination meeting chaired by Maharashtra Director General of Police, Satish Mathur was held here to discuss various security issues plaguing the Railways with focus on suspected rail sabotage incidents across the state, police officials said today. The meeting was held yesterday at the DGP office and was attended by senior police officers from various districts, sleuths of the Anti-Terrorism Squad, Railway Police officers from neighbouring states, Railway Protection Force (RPF) officials, and Zonal officers of Railway administration as well as Mumbai Rail Vikas Nigam Corporation (MRVC) officials. Five incidents of suspected rail sabotage were detected across the state in the last couple of months. Deliberations were held on the ongoing investigation into these incidents besides suggestions to prevent them, a senior police official said. Also, security issues like unauthorised gates, verification of antecedents of employees of contractual staff in Railways, inspection of railway bridges, tunnels and their repairs, track patrolling, removing of strewn rail pieces along railway tracks and implementation of integrated security system was discussed, the official added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Railways today declined to comment on the reported remarks of the Uttar Pradesh Railway Police Chief that “there was no sabotage” in the Kanpur train mishap saying the “mater is under investigation by the NIA”. Gopal Gupta, DG of UP Railway Police, had reportedly told a conference called by the Railways on Monday that the derailment of Indore-Patna Express, that killed over 150 people, was not an act of sabotage but happened due to problem in tracks. “It is now under investigation. So it is not right to comment on anything till the report is received,” Railway Board Member (Staff) Pradeep Kumar, who was present in the meeting, said, when asked if Gupta made the comments. Earlier, addressing a rally in UP, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said the accident was a “conspiracy planned by people sitting across the border”. Gupta reportedly contradicted the PM’s contention during the conference in which railway police chiefs of several states deliberated on improving coordination among agencies to ensure safety of train passengers. Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu had also addressed the meeting through video conference and hinted at a possible sabotage angle. He sought better coordination for safety of passengers in the wake of increased number of such accidents. Fourteen coaches of the Indore Patna Express had derailed near Kanpur on November 20 last year. It was the deadliest train accident in the country since 1999, when the Gaisal train accident had claimed 290 lives. “The Kanpur train accident, in which hundreds of people were killed, was a conspiracy and the conspirators carried it out sitting across the border,” Modi had told the election rally at Gonda, which is near the Nepal border. Nepalese national Shamshul Hoda, a suspected ISI agent and the prime accused, was arrested on February 7 from Kathmandu after being deported from Dubai, the Nepal Police had said. The Railways had earlier cited “outside interference” as the possible reason in more than 40 derailment cases in the recent past. Suspecting the possibility of sabotage in the recent spate of train derailments, Prabhu has written to Home Minister Rajnath Singh last month seeking a detailed probe by the National Investigating Agency into the incidents.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Government Railway Police (GRP), Berhampur today claimed to have busted an inter-state train dacoit gang with the arrest of four persons. Satyaban Singh (47), Mukesh Singh (32), Rajabir Singh (25) and Sunil Kumar (32) of different villages in Rohtak and Hisar districts of Haryana were arrested yesterday from near the railway station here during the joint raids conducted by the personnel of the Railway Protection Force (RPF) and GRP, the police said. Three swords, a toy pistol, four mobile phone sets, masks and cash around Rs 30,800 were seized from them. Other three members of the gang, however, managed to escape from the spot, said inspector in charge, GRP Berhampur BK Mohapatra. Police intensified patrolling in the area to nab the other members of the gang, who fled the spot, he added. The gang was caught while preparing to loot passengers of the Trivandrum-Guwahati Express train, he said. “During interrogation, we came to know that the gang was doing the train dacoity for some years across the country. They started operation in Kharagpur to Visakhapatnam route for last two years,” he said. He said the exact number of cases pending against them was yet to be assessed. “After busting of the gang, we have sent messages to the nearby railway police stations. They will intimate about the gang’s involvement in other train dacoit cases”, said Mohapatra.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>: A 30-year-old woman from Meghalaya has filed a complaint with the railway police alleging that she was assaulted and verbally abused by a co-passenger during her journey to this city. Railway police at Thampanoor have registered a case under section 354, 354 A(1)(iv) of IPC against the passenger, who was in an inebriated state and is suspected to have alighted at Ernakulam. The incident is said to have occurred in the wee hours of February 17 when Guwahati-Thiruvananthapuram express had not reached Kerala, police sources said. The train had reached the state capital on February 17 night. The woman, travelling in the second AC compartment, works as a domestic help here, and was returning after a visit home when the incident occurred. Railway police said they were going through the chart list of passengers who had travelled in the seats near the complainant.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)