RPF shifts focus from rooftop travellers to eunuchs harrassing commuters
Local Press Co 5-point Snippet
1. Two months after starting a drive to curb rooftop travelling on Mumbai’s suburban trains, the Railway Protection Force (RPF) have decided to stop the drive due to lack of personnel.
2. According to a Hindustan Times report, 14 people have been electrocuted while travelling on the rooftop of trains. In 2015, 16 people had died due to electrocution. Also, according to the statistics, rooftop travelling has been the major cause of increasing number of railway accidents and deaths.
3. The drive, which commenced on April 10, had 4-5 RPF personnel posted on multiple stations to nab the offenders. Cops used to take the picture of the rule-breaker and send it on a Whatsapp group along with their location. Then the concerned unit would then swing into action and arrest the offender for rooftop travelling.
4. However, at present, the RPF has shifted it’s focus to the rising number of eunuchs and hawkers harassing commuters at the stations. As a result, the personnel for informing and arresting the rooftop travellers have been re-assigned.
5. As per recent data, RPF apprehended around 141 people in April and 109 in May during the drive. Following which, the number of incidents have come down drastically.