Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Railways
26-November-2010 13:16 IST
Prevention of Crimes in Running Trains
Prevention of crime, registration of cases, their investigation and maintenance of law and order in Railway premises as well as on running trains are the statutory responsibility of the State Police, which they discharge through Government Railway Police (GRP) of the State concerned.

As such the cases of crime on Railways are reported to, registered and investigated by the Government Railway Police. However, to provide better security to the travelling passengers in trains and in passenger areas, Railway Protection Force is deployed to escort important trains to effectively supplement the efforts of the State Governments in controlling crime on the Railways.

Cases of murder and robbery in running trains have marginally increased during the year 2010, whereas, the cases of molestation in trains have decreased. Out of total 10537 passenger trains (including EMU) running on Railway system, Railway Protection Force and Government Railway Police are able to provide escort in 1275 and 2200 important trains daily on an average in vulnerable section. Providing escort in each bogie of the trains is not feasible with the available manpower.

The following measures are being taken for security of the passengers :

1. 1275 trains are escorted by RPF daily on an average, in addition to 2200 trains escorted by Government Railway Police of different States.
2. An Integrated Security System consisting of electronic surveillance of vulnerable stations through CCTV camera network, access control, anti-sabotage checks costing Rs. 353 crore has been sanctioned to strengthen surveillance mechanism over 202 vulnerable Railway Stations.
3. Regular coordination meetings are held with State Police at all levels to ensure proper registration and investigation of crime by Government Railway Police (GRP).
4. An amendment in Railway Protection Force Act to enable RPF to deal with the passenger related offences more effectively is under active examination and it is being forwarded to the Ministry of Law & Justice for further examination/approval.

As per section 100 of the Railways Act 1989, the Railways are not liable to pay any compensation for loss of unbooked personal belongings being carried by passenger in his/her charge.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways, Shri E. Ahamed in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.