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Railway police amp up security for home-bound Bihari workers during Chhath

The Government Railway Police (GRP) deployed special teams at Delhi, Kanpur and Mughalsarai to guard the scores of Bihar migrant workers travelling home for ‘Chhath’ festival who attract robbers.

india Updated: Nov 02, 2016 20:56 IST
Railway Police manage crowds attempting to board the Bihar Sampark Kranti train during the Chhath festival in November 2013 in New Delhi. Migrant workers who travel in scores are soft targets for thieves during this time.
Railway Police manage crowds attempting to board the Bihar Sampark Kranti train during the Chhath festival in November 2013 in New Delhi. Migrant workers who travel in scores are soft targets for thieves during this time.(Raj K Raj/HT File Photo)

The Government Railway Police (GRP) deployed special teams at Delhi, Kanpur and Mughalsarai to guard the scores of Bihar migrant workers travelling home for ‘Chhath’ festival who attract robbers.

During this time of the year, migrant workers are targeted by ‘nasha-khurani’ gangs who drug their victims to rob them, GRP Patna superintendent, Jitender Mishra, said, adding special railway police teams were deployed in plainclothes too to ensure security and nab gang members.

A senior GRP official of the East Central Railway (ECR) said migrant workers are soft targets due to the sheer number of them travelling during the festival season. During Bihar’s most popular Chhath festival, lakhs of workers travel back home in Bihar-bound trains from Delhi and other distant places.

Mishra said the railway police teams will alert passengers and advise them what to do and what not to during the journey to protect them and their belongings. Railway police teams will also monitor each coach of trains, keep close watch at platforms before trains depart and check suspects.

“Railway police teams have been cautioning passengers before boarding (trains) and giving tips on how to alert police if they suspect anything wrong during their journey,” he said.

According to railway police officials, the gang members’ modus operandi includes befriending passengers first. Once a rapport is built, thieves offer tea, coffee, biscuits, khaini (dry tobacco) or other consumables laced with sedatives or intoxicants. As victims become drowsy and/or unconscious, the robbers steal the valuables.

Most of migrant workers carry money, new clothes and other valuables with them to gift back homes on the occasion of Chhath.

“Gang members travel with migrant workers as one of them, which poses real danger, as they also speak the same language, including Bhojpuri, Maithili and Magahi, and interact with them as natives of same district or same block, if not same village. This way, they win over the confidence of fellow passengers,” another railway police official said.

Drug usage has become rampant during festivals, particularly on Bihar-bound trains from Delhi, Punjab, Gujarat and Mumbai.