RAILWAY PROTECTION FORCE ADDING HUMAN TOUCH WHILE SECURING THE PASSENGERS AND THEIR PROPERTIES
The Railway Protection Force (RPF) is a prime security and Law Enforcement Agency for better protection and security of Railway property, the force has evolved itself from its main role of protection and safeguarding of Railway Property to additional roles of passenger security and passenger facilitation. With changing times, the role regarding passenger security and facilitation has been gaining in prominence. The force today identifies the changing security needs of the railway and its customers and adapts itself by equipping itself with skills and resources and implementing innovative solutions. To meet the widening gamut of responsibility, Central Railway RPF has launched various operations aimed at ensuring that passengers are protected from theft, human trafficking, suicide attempts, drug trafficking, and other crimes during their railway journey.
1. one of the most noteworthy operations is "Rail Suraksha." In this operation, the RPF took legal action against crimes involving railway property, In last three years registered 1752 cases of theft of railway property and 1190 cases have been detected and made recoveries of stolen railway property.
In July 2023 alone 66 cases were reported over Central Railway and 41 cases and been detected.
2. Central Railway RPF personnel being alert 24/7 also recovered the things lost due to theft, in last three years 26540 Theft of Passenger Belongings have been recovered and in July 2023 alone 1305 Things due to theft of Passenger Belongings brought back to the passengers.
3. RPF personnel have been risking their own lives to save the lives of others in "Mission Jeevan Raksha." During july 2023, 7 precious lives were saved by RPF personnel.
4. The RPF has also been playing a crucial role in rescuing children in need of care and protection. In July 2023, in Central Railway under operation "Nanhe Farishtey," 117 children were rescued by RPF personnel and handed over to their Parents / NGOs / GRP /Police.
5. Luggage Retrieval and hand over under Operation “Amanat” – Many passengers forget to take all their belongings like luggage/Mobile in a rush to board the train or leave the train/station. Under this operation RPF personnel help in securing such belongings and restore them to the rightful owner. Under this operation, RPF retrieved approximately 104 luggage valued more than Rs. 25,36,641/-.
6. RPF has also been empowered to tackle the issue of drug trafficking & illegal liquor through the railways. During the year, RPF registered 4 cases of Ganja of 95.200 Kg valued 23,75,840 and 13 cases liquor (2660 bottles) valued Rs. 6,52,770/-.
Central Railway has taken various steps to strengthen the security and safety of the passengers especially women passengers. Few steps are.
1.The RPF has launched the "Meri Saheli" initiative to provide safety and security to women travelling alone or with minors. Dedicated Teams of lady RPF personnel have been formed across Central Railway.
2.Proper liaison is maintained with GRP for prevention and detection of crime against passengers and their belongings.
3.Vulnerable locations/black spots have been identified and deployments are done accordingly.
4.03 CPDS teams have been deployed for surprise checks at these vulnerable stations/locations, apart from regular deployments.
5.Post commanders have prepared album of active criminals and kept in CCTV room and supplied to duty staff for surveillance.
6.Visit of Joint team of RPF and GRP to the Mohallas adjacent to Railway stations and track and taking information regarding suspicious persons in the locality.
7.Staffs are deployed in the first and last coaches during the peak hours to keep a watch on snatchers, who normally operate at the time of rolling out of trains from the stations.
8.Apart from redeployment of manpower, RPSF has also been deployed at vulnerable locations.
9.All post commanders are organising passenger awareness campaign at all stations to educate public to avoid footboard travel and use of mobile phone while standing at doorways so that Fataka/snatching can be avoided.
10.A recorded audio clip has been provided to electrical carshed authorities to play through the PA system in local trains.
Date: August 18, 2023
PR No. 2023/08/33
This press release is issued by the Public Relations department, Central Railway, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus Mumbai