GUWAHATI, Feb 8 � With security inside the trains in Assam becoming a major cause of concern, the Assam Police has chalked out an innovative plan to deal with such crimes. However, at the same time, the Government will have to provide necessary infrastructure to the Government Railway Police (GRP) to make the plan successful.
Talking to The Assam Tribune, Additional Director General of Police, GRP, BJ Mahanta admitted that a number of incidents of crimes inside running trains took place in recent times and there were instances where such crimes took place despite having security personnel on board. He admitted that very often, such cases are not reported as the victims sometimes do not approach the GRP stations after getting down from the trains.
To deal with such incidents, the GRP has chalked out an innovative plan and if implemented properly, it is likely to help the passengers a great deal in the days to come. Mahanta revealed that according to the new plan, the passengers would be able to call a toll free number (1512) from their mobile phone numbers if any crime takes place in any train. The caller will have to inform the call centre operators the details of the train number, bogie number where the incident took place, place of occurrence, seat number, etc. The call centre operators will immediately call the security personnel on board the train and the nearest GRP station so that prompt action can be taken.
Mahanta said that the GRP personnel in the station next to the area where the incident takes place, would board the train and take the FIR on board and later send the details of investigations, FIR number etc via SMS to the concerned passenger. He pointed out that implementation of such a plan would ensure that all crimes taking place inside trains are properly investigated.
The GRP Additional DGP said that prevention, detection and investigation of crimes inside trains are the mandate of the GRP, while, the mandate of the RPF, a Central Government force, is to protect railway property. He said that at present, security personnel travel only on a few trains, but only recently, a dacoity took place on a train between Lumding and Hojai stations despite the fact that there was a group of security personnel travelling on the train. Interestingly, the security men did not even get the information of the crime on time and by the time they came to know of the incident, it was too late. The introduction of the new plan will be able to deal with such problems.
Special training has been given to the personnel who would man the call centres and they have been asked to be polite to the callers as there is every possibility of people calling up the toll free numbers on non security related issues. Moreover, the infrastructure of the GRP stations would have to be improved and the matter has been taken up both with the State Government and Railway authorities. The strength of the GRP will also have to be increased and the vacant posts should be filled up immediately.