Bhubaneswar, Sept 9 (LocalWire): With East Coast Railway witnessing a spurt in cases of pelting of stones at moving trains in recent months, the railway authorities have decided to educate people, especially children, living near the rail tracks to abstain from such acts of sabotage.
It has been found that children and youth living near railway tracks often indulge in stone pelting on trains just for fun, endangering lives of many passengers.
So, sensitizing them is a better alternative than resorting to coercive action to reduce such incidents, feel railway officials.
Many passengers have reported severe injuries caused by stone pelters and glasses of several AC coaches have also been damaged due to such innocent fun.
Though incidents of stone pelting at moving trains are not pronounced in ECoR division, there is a need to put to an end to this dangerous practice by trouble makers.
Railway Protection Force of ECoR has identified the places from where maximum stone pelting cases are reported.
In 2018, ten stone pelting cases were reported with six of them from Bhubaneswar area.
However, this year, 18 cases have been registered till August, said railway officials adding that stone-pelting and other acts of sabotage can fetch imprisonment up to five years.
‘While educating them to refrain from such activities, we are also making them aware that they can be imprisoned up to five years as per legal provisions for such acts.’
RPF strives to stop stone pelting on moving trains by deploying security personnel for track patrolling with special teams in plain clothes. Apart from this, parents are also being counselled to keep their kids away from railway tracks.
A month-long awareness drive has been undertaken by RPF personnel to educate the people especially those residing near rail tracks through Nukkad Natak, distribution of brochures and leaflets.
RPF is also distributing chocolates to kids to sensitize them about the danger of stone pelting on running trains and that this could injure their family members or relatives who could be travelling by such trains.
‘Not only national property but also lives are at stake. We will deal with this menace firmly with sustained efforts.’ said RPF officials.