RPF deployed to curb stone pelting at trains

ST Correspondent
Thursday, 21 June 2018

Pune: Following growing incidents of stone pelting at trains in the Lonavla-Pune and Pune-Daund sections, a special team of Railway Protection Force (RPF) has been deployed.

There were reports of stone pelting in the Akurdi-Dehu Road-Ghorawadi section recently. Anti-social elements are involved in stone pelting at running passenger trains, which puts passengers’ lives in danger. The railway administration has taken cognisance of the incidents.

Pune: Following growing incidents of stone pelting at trains in the Lonavla-Pune and Pune-Daund sections, a special team of Railway Protection Force (RPF) has been deployed.

There were reports of stone pelting in the Akurdi-Dehu Road-Ghorawadi section recently. Anti-social elements are involved in stone pelting at running passenger trains, which puts passengers’ lives in danger. The railway administration has taken cognisance of the incidents.

The railway administration received complaints that these incidents occur mostly at night and affect long-distance trains. “Such incidents take place in Akurdi-Dehu Road-Ghorawadi section. This is also causing damage to the trains. We are monitoring at all levels. The local police have also identified the culprits,” said Manoj Jhawar, spokesperson of Pune railway division.

“We have identified places on the Pune-Lonavla and Daund routes. We have deputed our staff at these spots. We have also taken action against some culprits. Most incidents occur between Pune and Lonavla. There are slums on the route and people from these areas indulge in such activities. Mainly local suburban trains, which do not have doors are targeted,” said D Vikas, Divisional Security Commissioner, Pune.

“We have put up posters in these areas for spreading awareness against stone pelting on local trains and the danger of onboarding running trains,” Jhawar said.

Safety awareness campaign 
 Last week was observed as the Level Crossing Awareness Week by the security department of the Pune railway division. 
 A safety awareness campaign was started at unmanned gates and manned gates. Security officials educated people on the dangers of crossing unmanned railway level crossings without caution. 
 A safety seminar based on the importance of International Level Crossing Day was also organised, in which senior Divisional Engineer (Co-ordination) Suresh Pakhre was present as the chief guest. Senior Divisional Engineer (South) KR Dange and Senior Divisional Safety Officer RV Nagarale provided detailed guidance on various aspects related to safety. A large number of officers and employees were present.

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