Seventeen people have been sent to jail in last two days for crossing railway tracks by various railway courts.
Those convicted for 15 days jail sentence on Friday have been identified as Suresh Lali (37), Abdul Patel (22), Bhimrao Shevale (42) and Ismail Hasan (59), Western Railway (WR) officials said.
“The four were caught trespassing in Dadar. In addition, nine people were arrested for crossing tracks near Bandra terminus and sentenced to jail for 11 days. All were produced at Mumbai Central Railway court on Friday, which convicted them,” said D.B. Kasar, senior Divisional Security Commissioner of WR.
On Thursday, four men were sent to jail for trespassing. While one of the accused, Ajit Yadav (19) was sentenced to 15 days; other three were convicted for five days.
“During the intensive drive on Thursday, between Dadar-Borivli, 173 people were apprehended out of which four were sent to jail. While Yadav was sentenced to 15 days, Sachin Malavare, resident of Virar, Roman Rana, Bandra (East) resident and Tej Raj, resident of Titlagarh in Orissa, were sent for five days,” said S.S. Gupta, Chief Public Relations Officer, WR.
Gupta added that the accused’ were booked under section 147 of the Indian Railway Act (trespass into rail railway property) and an amount totalling Rs 51,700 was recovered as fine from them.
A week ago, for the first time, Prakash Pathak (42), a salesman from Virar, was sentenced to one-week imprisonment by the Virar Railway court for trespassing near Vasai station.
So far 2,226 people have been apprehended for trespassing out of which 48 have been sent to jail and Rs 6,17,320 lakh fine has been collected from them, the official added.
“An effort is being made by us to curb the menace of trespassing on the suburban section. On one hand, we are staging street plays to educate people against trespassing, while on the other hand we are also conducting special drives at various stations,” said Gupta.