Concerned over the increasing incidents of theft and drugging of passengers in trains, Railways have sought the help of the Home Ministry in tackling the problem.
Minister of State for Railways E Ahamed has requested the Home Ministry to assist the Railways in this regard and stressed the need to issue directives to all concerned to see that instances of theft and drugging of passengers are immediately dealt with an iron hand and confidence restored among the travelling public.
According to a Railway official, Ahamed has written a letter in this regard to his counterpart in the Home Ministry Mullappally Ramachandran.
Railways have reported about 200 cases of drugging of passengers till April this year, while 957 cases were reported in 2009.
Stretches like Kanpur-Patna, Jhajha-Buxar, Mughalsarai, Bilaspur, Howrah, New Delhi and Allahabad have reported maximum cases of drugging while railways have identified trains like Sikkim Mahananda, Howrah-Amritsar, Kalka Mail, Howrah-Mumbai Mail and Magadh express where such cases have been mostly reported.
The official said Ahamed has also directed the Railway Board to chalk out a strategy to immediately arrest the recurrence of such incidences causing loss and mental agony to the passengers.
At a high-level meeting on Tuesday attended by top officials of the Railway Board, including Chairman Railway Board and Director General of Railway Protection Force, the issue was discussed in details, the official said.
Luggage of a number of passengers of a Kerala-bound train were stolen last week from the Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station here.
During a brief power failure at the station on June 26, some of the suitcases of passengers of 2284 Nizamuddin-Ernakulam Duronto Express were stolen.
One person has been booked and two suitcases have been recovered from him.