RAILWAY PROTECTION FORCE – PROVIDING SECURITY TO RAILWAYS AND PASSENGERS
The Railway Protection Force of Southern Railway has risen up to meet the challenges posed by crime against Railways and passengers on trains and platforms by adopting a multi pronged approach.The actions of RPF personnel on various fronts are noteworthy.
A brief account of their commendable performance upto November, 2017 has been provided below.
Assistance and redressal of complaints rendered by RPF
- Child Help Desks are functional in major railway stations and 818 (upto November, 2017) missing / destitute children were rescued by RPF personnel.
- The RPF Helpline No.182 provides security related and humanitarian assistance to rail passengers round the clock.1090 passengers were given medical assistance on accessing the RPF Helpline.
- About 412 complaints received through Twitter were also redressed promptly.
Tackling of Crimes
- The 24 x 7 vigil of the RPF has yielded rich results in terms of crime detection and prevention.
- Upto November, 2017, 470 criminals were arrested under the Railway Property (Unlawful Possession) Act 1966 with the recovery of stolen railway property worth Rs.13,57,049/-.
- Under Railway Act 1989, 1,03,976 defaulters were booked for various offences and an amount of Rs.3,15,93,856/- was collected as fine.
- 263 criminals involved in passenger related crimes were arrested and handed over to GRP (Government Railway Police).
- On 461 occasions, RPF seized contraband goods worth Rs.16,32,73,490/- and offenders were handed over to the agency concerned.
Special Drives and Awareness Campaigns
- Special Drives are conducted against able persons travelling in coaches meant for the differently-abled and 5035 defaulters were prosecuted.
- Nuisance from transgenders has been contained and 2002 transgenders have been prosecuted.
- Awareness campaigns have been launched to increase alertness of passengers for securing their personal baggage, to discourage the dangerous practice of taking selfies, to desist from travelling non foot-board, etc.
Three precious lives saved by alert RPF personnel
- Shri K. Shanmugam, Constable / RPF / Chennai Egmore on 16.07.2017, Shri Promod Singh, Constable / RPF / Basin Bridge on 20.11.2017 and Shri K. Jayaprakash, Constable / RPF / Chennai Central on 10.12.2017 responded swiftly and rescued passengers in three different incidents.Passengers fell down from moving trains through the gap between the train and the platform and were endangered.The alert RPF constables by their swift action saved the precious lives of these three passengers.
The high level of alertness and preparedness of the RPF personnel in tackling every contingency continues to yield good results.
The Railway Protection Force of Southern Railway continues to perform with increased vigour in providing security to passengers and railways.