PUNE: The Railway Protection Force (RPF) of the Pune railway division has set up a special team to check chain pullers on trains. Officials have received several complaints regarding chain pulling. Recently, a passenger was nabbed at the Pune railway station for chain pulling while the Mumbai-bound passenger train had already departed from the Pune junction.
According to Divisional Security Commissioner (DSC) D Vikas, the complaints department of the RPF receives chain pulling complaints daily. “The team has been set up to deal with such incidents. Action will be taken against persons found doing such things,” said D Vikas.
According to the officials, the railways have to bear losses due to unnecessary chain pulling of trains. It adversely affects maintaining time schedule.
The RPF Pune has nabbed 59 passengers for stopping train by chain pulling in 2017. Action was taken against these passengers. A fine of Rs 32,200 was collected in the railway court. According to the Railway Act 1989, section 141, it is an offence to halt a train after pulling chain unnecessarily.
The RPF also received complaints about breaking of the boom at railway crossing gates. In 2017, around 86 vehicle owners were nabbed by the RPF for damaging the boom bar of the railway gate on the crossing. These vehicles owners damaged the boom bar while crossing the railway gate, which is in a horizontal position to the ground when the train is about to cross.
According to officials, railways have to bear losses due to unnecessary chain pulling of trains. It adversely affects maintaining time schedule. RPF Pune nabbed 59 passengers in 2017.