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On Wednesday,15 visually impaired children turned counsellors at the Dadar railway station. In the morning,they counselled those commuters who were detained by the Railway Protection Force...

Written by Kalpana Verma | Mumbai |
February 26, 2009 11:21:20 pm

On Wednesday,15 visually impaired children turned counsellors at the Dadar railway station. In the morning,they counselled those commuters who were detained by the Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel for crossing the tracks at the station. They offered red roses to the commuters and asked them not to cross the tracks again as there are people who love them and wait for them at their homes.

The exercise,part of the awareness programme initiated by chief security commissioner B S Sidhu,began this week. According to sources,393 track-crossing cases were reported in 2008. As many as 198 were killed and 195 suffered injuries while crossing the tracks at Dadar. In January 2009,28 track-crossing cases were reported at Dadar. As many as 14 were killed and 14 suffered injuries.

Apart from these,in Central Railway,Mumbai division,as many as 1,976 line crossing cases (1,381 deaths and 595 injury cases) were registered in 2008. Similarly,1,915 cases (1,411 deaths and 504 injury cases) were registered in 2007. In 2006,1,966 line crossing cases (1,459 death and 507 injury cases) were registered.

AN Sansare,senior police inspector,RPF,Dadar station,CR,said,“I think Gandhigiri will be the best way to solve the problem. Today,15 school girls of Kamla Mehta Blind School,Dadar(East),gave roses with a message to those commuters detained by the RPF.”

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According to SC Parhi,senior divisional security commissioner,RPF,CR ,“This is an awareness programme. Though we detain the trespassers,we leave them after a counselling session. Initially,we started this drive at Matunga station on February 19. Then,we extended the drive to other stations like Dadar,CST,Byculla and Kalyan. We will conduct this awareness programme in all the stations. But people should not take it for granted. Next time,we will take legal action against them,if they cross the tracks.”

As per the data available at RPF division office at CST,in January 2008,the RPF arrested and prosecuted 3,091 commuters for crossing the tracks under section 147 of the Indian Railways Act and collected around Rs 7,68,200 as fine.

On Wednesday,as many as 100 commuters were detained by RPF at Dadar station. They were all released after a counselling session.

Kusum Rameshwar Rao,a standard 7 student,was happy that she has done some social work. “I gave a red rose to a woman caught by RPF. When I told her that she should not make this mistake as we all care for her,she became very emotional,” she said.

“People do not know that their petty mistakes may ruin an entire family. Before crossing the tracks,they should realise that there is somebody waiting for them,” said Nikita Kadve and Archana Sawant,students of the same school.

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First published on: 26-02-2009 at 11:21:20 pm

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