CONCERNED OVER the involvement of children in pelting stones at Shatabdi trains, the Railway Protection Force (RPF) has started visiting schools situated in the outskirts of the city so that children could be counselled and urged against indulging in such activities.
“We have noticed that small children throw stones at Shatabdi trains,” said Inspector Gurjasbir Singh, SHO, RPF, Chandigarh Railway Station. “We are taking initiatives to deal with it.”
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Singh said they were approaching school heads and were in touch with sarpanches of several villages. “Our men visit the schools during the early morning assemblies and counsel the students present there,” he told Chandigarh Newsline.
The RPF station at the Chandigarh Railway Station, Singh said, is “responsible for the area from Ambala upto Chandimandir and Chandigarh to Morinda.”
As per the figures provided by the RPF 18 such cases were reported from several areas in 2015 and this year, three cases have been reported till date.
“Most children who throw stones at the trains are aged below 12 years. We don’t want the future of any child to be affected,” said Singh.
A senior RPF official said recently when the small children found in these incidents were questioned by RPF, the children said they throw stones “just for fun.