Ris­ing crimes in lo­cal trains alarm com­muters, alert po­lice

UN­SAFE TRAVEL Forty-four peo­ple were robbed and nine women mo­lested in trains last year

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - MUMBAI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­times.com

The lo­cal trains, the life­line of the city, are said to be the cheap­est, safest and most con­ve­nient mode of trans­porta­tion.

The sta­tis­tics avail­able with gover nment rail­way po­lice (GRP) show that the train com­mute has be­come un­safe.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice sources, as many as 185 peo­ple lost their valu­ables such as jew­ellery, cash and lap­tops while trav­el­ling by train last year in Navi Mum­bai. Forty-four peo­ple were robbed and nine women mo­lested by co-pas­sen­gers in trains.

While the pas­sen­gers blame the rail­way po­lice for not tak­ing mea­sures to pre­vent crimes, the po­lice blame com­muters.

“Trav­el­ling in lo­cal trains, es­pe­cially early morn­ings and late nights, is risky. Men get into the ladies com­part­ments and oc­cupy the seats. The women com­muters are too scared to protest and stop the peo­ple from en­ter­ing the com­part­ments. What is worse, the GRP guards are not present in the com­part­ments,” said Rani Patil, 32, a res­i­dent of Pan­vel.

Rakesh Singh, 45, a res­i­dent of Kamothe, who trav­els from Mansarovar to CST ev­ery day.

“We have seen sev­eral com- muters drink­ing and smok­ing in trains while cross­ing the stretch be­tween Vashi and Mankhurd at night. Th­ese com­muters stand near doors and con­tinue with their noisy con­ver­sa­tions with­out both­er­ing about other peo­ple,” said Singh.

In June 2014, two rob­bers slit the throat of an en­gi­neer­ing stu­dent in a train near Ghan­soli sta­tion when he was com­ing home from his hos­tel. He was taken to a hos­pi­tal in Thane by a GRP of­fi­cial. But, he died be­fore reach­ing the hos­pi­tal.

In Au­gust last year, a busi­ness­man was looted of 2.980 kgs of gold jew­ellery near Pan­vel while he was in a train.

Ritesh Ahire, pub­lic re­la­tions of­fi­cer of GRP, Mum­bai, said, “We are tak­ing the help of CCTV footage to solve mo­lesta­tion cases. Con­vic­tion rates of our charge-sheeted cases in 2015 in 81%.”

Nitin Bobade, se­nior po­lice in­spec­tor of Vashi GRP, said that even com­muters should be vig­i­lant and not keep valu­ables on racks above.

“Crimes in trains take place mostly dur­ing peak hours — from 8am to 11am and from 5pm to 8.30pm,” he added.

Bobade added that three armed con­sta­bles are de­ployed in trains be­tween 9pm and 6am to en­sure com­muters’ safety.

Ra­jashree Pande, 25, a res­i­dent of Belapur, said that po­lice­men de­ployed in ladies com­part­ments are of no use.

“The po­lice­men are not help­ful. They just stand at the door. Many of them be­have rudely when asked for help. We want of­fi­cers to be posted who can un­der­stand the prob­lems of women and han­dle them,” she said.

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