A group of unidentified boys from Dasna and Masuri localities in Ghaziabad were caught on camera, jumping off a rail overbridge as a train approached on the Upper Ganga Canal.
As the video went viral, authorities ordered an inquiry on Saturday.
“We will verify the location in the video and the additional district magistrate and the superintendent of police will take action. The stunts in the video are life threatening,” said Vimal Kumar Sharma, district magistrate, Ghaziabad.
Police personnel and officials of the district administration visited the Masuri canal area later and warned locals against performing daredevil acts.
“The location in the video has been identified as the overbridge under Masuri police station’s jurisdiction. We have warned the locals against sending their children to the canal for such acts. We will get in touch with the Railway Protection Force to take suitable action,” said Rakesh Kumar Pandey, superintendent of police (rural), Ghaziabad.
He said additional personnel and PCR vans have been deployed in the area to keep a watch.
Local residents from the area, however, said there was very little they could do as youngsters from nearby cities often came for swimming and diving in the canal and to indulge in different acts of ‘daredevilry’.
“The canal is frequented by boys from nearby areas and they perform such stunts since they are well acquainted with it and have been born and brought up here. Some of them click photos in front of approaching trains before jumping into the canal. There have been incidents when some boys have drowned, but that failed to deter the youngsters,” said Ved Prakash, a Dasna resident.
“Some of the boys try to touch an approaching train before jumping into the canal, which is extremely dangerous. This has been happening regularly, with the boys jumping only when the train is merely 2-5 feet away from them. It is suicidal,” said Rajeev Kumar, a local resident of Masuri.