RPF apprehends 16 for stone pelting, theft
DIMAPUR — The Railway Protection Force (RPF) of Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) apprehended 16 persons, including one from Dimapur, in connection with attempts to tarnish the image of the railways within the zone during several checks and drives from January 22 to the 28th.
The arrests were made in connection with stone pelting at running trains by miscreants, as well as theft of passenger belongings at various stations and trains under the NF Railway, an update from NFR stated.
A few incidents of stone pelting at trains over various divisions of NF Railway have been reported recently, the update stated, adding that in one such recent incident, on Jan. 28, the RPF post in Dimapur apprehended one person at Diphu who was involved in stone pelting at train no. 15817 DN (Donyi Polo Express).
In similar incidents on two different occasions on Jan. 25, the RPF of Siliguri and Dimapur posts apprehended six more miscreants (two from the Sukna-Siliguri section and four near Dimapur station) involved in stone pelting at train no. 52541 DN (New Jalpaiguri–Kurseong–Darjeeling Passenger) and 12068 DN (Jan Shatabdi Express), respectively.
All the apprehended persons were booked under relevant sections of the Railways Act, the NFR informed.
RPF of NF Railway also carried out checks and drives at different divisions and sections under its jurisdictions and apprehended nine persons associated with theft of passengers belongings during train journeys and recovered goods and valuables worth approximately INR 1.79 lakh during the period from January 22 to the 24th.
During the drives, RPF teams from different outposts were able to recover eight mobile phones and one laptop. All the apprehended persons were handed over to the respective GRP posts for further action, it stated.
“RPF of NF Railway always plays a pivotal role in providing full scale security and safety to the railway passengers during their journey period by prohibiting anti-social activities ranging from stone pelting to securing lost belongings of passengers etc.,” it said.
It mentioned that any act that degrades the image of railway esteem and harms railway property is a punishable offence with a fine, imprisonment, or both and urged the general public and passengers to remain alert and help the railway authority overcome the menace of damaging public properties.