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RPF-RMS row: postal services may be derailed

The alleged reluctance of the Railway Protection Force (RPF) to act against four of its men, who have been accused of thrashing a Railway Mail Service (RMS) employee for ‘unauthorised chain-pulling’ onboard a train, threatens to paralyse postal services in the city.

india Updated: May 11, 2010 16:47 IST
Darpan Singh

The alleged reluctance of the Railway Protection Force (RPF) to act against four of its men, who have been accused of thrashing a Railway Mail Service (RMS) employee for ‘unauthorised chain-pulling’ onboard a train, threatens to paralyse postal services in the city.

Local office-bearers of the Indian RMS and MMS Employees’ Association have said if suitable action was not taken against the RPF men within a week, postal services will be paralysed.

Association president Santosh Singh said the RPF men went berserk unprovoked and also robbed cash and valuable from the RMS staff, besides booking him under the Railway Act.

The RPF men on Friday thrashed RMS employee Mukesh Kumar Singh on Kashi Vishwanath Express when the train left Charbagh. They accused him of resorting to alarm chain pulling (ACP) without valid reasons as well as misbehaving with them.

On Monday, the Government Railway Police (GRP) lodged a case against the RPF men. This made the RMS men postpone their stir for sometime — they had decided to strike work from Tuesday.

The RPF office here, however, said the RMS staff did resort to chain-pulling twice and, on being stopped, misbehaved. “On Sunday statements of the four RPF men in question were taken. After the FIR today, a departmental probe is on and suitable action will be action”, a senior RPF official said.

Charbagh GRP Inspector SK Tripathi said, “The RMS staff is a government employee. There is an evidence of his being roughed up. The RPF is looking into the matter.”

UP’s Chief Post Master General Kamlesh Chandra on Monday convened a meeting with Indian RMS and MMS Employees’ Association service secretaries KM Singh and Aryan Yadav and said an FIR had been lodged and the office of RPF Commandant (Northern Railway) in Lucknow had been spoken to.

OFFICIALS HOPE FOR TRUCE
Sachin Kishore, director, postal headquarters, Lucknow, said that if RMS employees went on strike, the entire postal network in the city would be paralysed. “No mails will go out of the city or come in, so in a way the entire country will be affected,” he said. He, however, hoped since an FIR had been lodged, the strike might not take place.

NOT FOR THE FIRST TIME
This is not the first time that infighting at Charbagh is threatening to disrupt public services. In March, a clash took place between workers of two wings — Coach & Wagon and Commercial — over a trivial issue. Passengers missed their trains, others were injured. Railway employees threatened to strike ticket sale and train operations.