GUWAHATI, Aug 30 - The Railway Protection Force (RPF) in the Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) zone has achieved some major successes during recent months in areas ranging from rescue of minor children to recovery of stolen property.
NFR Chief Public Relations Officer Pranav Jyoti Sharma said today that so far in 2017 RPF has rescued over 200 minor children.
�As many as 214 minor children were rescued this year up to July. Operations by RPF also led to arrest of nine traffickers. During the period from January to July this year, the force also detected 75 cases of theft of railway property, leading to arrest of 93 persons and recovery of stolen property worth Rs 9,58,845,� he said.
RPF arrested and prosecuted as many as 94,949 offenders under various sections of the Railway Act and fine to the tune of Rs 5,57,74,905 was realised during the period from January to July this year in the NFR zone.
�During this period, RPF apprehended 20 touts and prosecuted them under Section 143 of the Railway Act. In addition, contraband goods worth Rs 3,20,43,549 were recovered on 79 occasions with arrest of 27 criminals during this period. Moreover, during this period 18 criminals involved in drugging and looting of passengers and 18 criminals involved in theft of passengers� belongings were also arrested and handed over to GRP for further action,� said Sharma.
He added that during January-July, RPF recovered a huge quantity of explosives, gelatin sticks, detonators and fuse wires at the Kamakhya and the Bihara railway stations. Two persons were arrested with those items, while another was arrested along with a revolver.
�RPF also distributed food and clothes to flood victims of Lakhimpur and Karimganj. The toll free RPF helpline number, 182, is functioning round the clock and providing facility to travelling passengers in lodging complaints and seeking assistance without breaking their journey. Immediate assistance was provided in 67 cases and stolen and left behind luggage items were handed over to owners,� Sharma said.