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Crossing tracks at stations to invite action

T.S. Gopakumar, Assistant Commander, RPF, Ernakulam, engaged in the awareness campaign at the Ernakulam Junction station on Thursday.

T.S. Gopakumar, Assistant Commander, RPF, Ernakulam, engaged in the awareness campaign at the Ernakulam Junction station on Thursday.  

RPF to prosecute such offenders

The cost of walking across railway tracks to board trains may soon override the convenience of that risky act.

The Ernakulam Railway Protection Force (RPF) plans to prosecute such offenders. As a prelude to that, the RPF has embarked on a protracted campaign to drive home the futility of wasting precious lives on account of mere negligence.

“Last year alone, 276 lives were lost in the Thiruvananthapuram railway division in incidents involving crossing of railway tracks and negligent boarding and de-boarding, including instances where the victims were talking on phone. The number rose to 176 in the first six months of this year, indicating a marked increase,” said T.S. Gopakumar, Assistant Commander, RPF, Ernakulam.

The drive, which is now restricted to the Ernakulam Junction station, will shortly be expanded to the Ernakulam Town station as well. More than 50 passengers were caught in the act in the last two days alone.

“We let them off with a warning after counselling and handing out awareness pamphlets, urging them not to risk their lives. But after a few days of the campaign, we will start prosecuting them. Passengers need to realise that this is being done in their own interests,” said Mr. Gopakumar.

He reminded that crossing railway tracks is an offence under Section 147 of the Railway Act entailed imprisonment for a term which may extend up to six months or with fine which may extend up to ₹1,000 or both.

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