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WR/Press Release 2021/06Mumbai, 5th June, 2021


Photo Caption : Shri Praveen Chandra Sinha, IG Cum Principle Chief Security Commissioner RPF Western Railway addressing the RPF frontline staff and senior RPF officers.

In view of enhancing security of women passengers travelling o­n railway, Shri Praveen Chandra Sinha, IG Cum Principle Chief Security Commissioner RPF Western Railway, visited Borivali station to take stock of security arrangements and addressed frontline staff & senior RPF officers. He emphasized o­n increased visibility & presence of uniformed staff, as well as discreet checking/raids o­n criminals in coordination with GRP & Police. Shri Sinha also directed to ensure effective CCTV monitoring and surveillance of suspicious activity.

According to a press release issued by Shri Sumit Thakur- Chief Public Relations Officer of Western Rly, Shri Praveen Chandra Sinha sensitized staff about various schemes and initiatives being implemented to provide security to women passengers and advised all staff to ensure strict implementation of these initiatives. Meri Saheli is o­ne such initiative which is being implemented in Indian Railways whereby lady RPF personnel personally meet lady passengers, especially those who are travelling alone and brief them about security issues and helpline numbers. This program is very reassuring for lady passengers and gives them confidence regarding security inside trains and stations. The lady passengers can also share their feedback, complaints, suggestions, etc. 9 ‘Sakhi’ whatsapp groups with 768 women passengers as members of these groups have been created to collect inputs and provide real time assistance whenever required. This is a model for community policing and more ladies are encouraged to be a part of this group. CCTV system with face recognition feature is being implemented in the Mumbai suburban under Integrated Security System which will provide a boost to effective surveillance and control of crime. Survey for CCTV installation is in progress under NIRBHAYA scheme.

Shri Thakur said that RPF is striving hard to provide a better and secure environment to women commuters. RPF has prosecuted 3922 male passengers travelling in ladies coach, 8818 unauthorised hawkers, 4935 trespassers and 777 nuisance creators in the year 2020 and 2021 with total fine of approx. Rs 64 lakh.RPF is effectively working in prevention and detection of passenger related crimes in railway premises. Due to concerted efforts by RPF in coordination with GRP and local police, the number of cases registered under section 392 IPC have reduced by 63.5% from 126 in 2020 (till April) to 46 in 2021 (till April). Apart from this, the percentage of detection of robbery cases by RPF has improved considerably from 21.42% in 2020 to 41.30% in 2021. Due to staff presence and planned deployment, crime has reduced and no case of molestation has been registered in Mumbai suburban in 2021. Shri Praveen Chandra Sinha appreciated the efforts being made by field staff and further motivated them to work sincerely and intelligently to provide a safe and secure journey to women passengers.


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