The Government Railway Police (GRP) Tuesday booked 52 people,including 25 minors,for misbehaving with other passengers on the Suburban Railways here. Most of those booked are young devotees who cause trouble while returning from Siddhivinayak Temple in Prabhadevi every Tuesday.
The GRP have booked the 52 under sections 112 and 117 of the Bombay Police Act.
One Arun Chandvani registered a complaint on August 6 that he was robbed of his gold chain at Dadar.
Chandvani had complained that on Tuesdays,many young devotees on their way back home,pass lewd remarks,hit passengers on platforms and pick up fights with co-passengers inside the compartments.
Following this complaint,GRP Mumbai Central and Bandra mobilised police teams to travel via second class compartments Tuesday mornings in order to book offenders.
In one of the Tuesday drives on August 27,35 persons were booked for nuisance on the railway premises. Senior police inspector Rajendra Trivedi,GRP Mumbai Central said,During a survey of the stations,we found that most of the mischief mongers had vermilion on their foreheads and were carrying packets of marigolds and coconuts.
We are counselling the offenders not to cause inconvenience to other passengers,and also their parents to guide their sons. Meanwhile,we will continue the drive every Tuesday until this menace comes to an end. Similar drives will be undertaken during Ganeshotsav, Trivedi added.
Saraswati Gupta,who lives with her two sons in Goregaon east area,was shocked when she learnt that one of her sons was among the 52 booked on Tuesday for misbehaving in the railway premises. The minor,accompanied by his friends,had gone to visit Siddhivinayak Temple Monday night.
Barring three persons,the others were travelling without tickets. A fine of Rs 260 was slapped on each of them for unauthorised travel besides the fine of Rs.1,000 imposed. Six persons were sent to serve one month in prison as they failed to pay the fine.