09 September 2019
Bhubaneswar: It is found that in some cases, a few children and youth living near Railway tracks sometimes indulge in stone pelting on the trains as a game or just for fun thereby endangering lives of many passengers.
Railway Protection Force (RPF) of East Coast Railway (ECoR) has identified the places in its jurisdiction from where stone pelting cases are being reported.
Sometimes passengers who face such incidents also disclose details of incidents of throwing stones on passing trains.
RPF strives to stop stone pelting on passing trains by deploying Security personnel for track patrolling with special teams in plain clothes. Apart from this, parents of the nearby areas are also being counselled regarding keeping their kids away from Railway Tracks.
A month long awareness drive is also on by RPF personnel to aware the general public, especially those residing near railway tracks through Nukkad Natak, distribution of brochures and pamphlets.
RPF is also distributing chocolates to the kids to sensitise them about the danger of Stone pelting on running Trains and that this could injure their own family members or relatives also who could be travelling by such trains.
Incidents of stone pelting can result in severe injuries. Many passengers have reported very severe injuries. Many cases of glasses of AC coaches getting damaged are reported.
"Not only national property but also lives are at stake. We will deal with this menace firmly and with sustained efforts."
As per record available, 10 such incidents occurred in 2018 Calendar year that includes 6 in Bhubaneswar area, two in Cuttack area and two in Sambalpur Division. Similarly, in 2019, total 18 cases registered up to August where 4 cases in Jajpur-Keonjhar Road area, 3 each in Bhubaneswar & Visakhapatnam area and one each at Nergundi, Motari, Rambha, Solari, Balugaon, Ichhapuram, Koraput and Angul.
One person in 2018 and two in 2019 including one juvenile have already been arrested in this connection. East Coast Railway has appealed the general public to help Railways by reporting such types of incidents by using toll free security helpline number 182.