After tasting success by improving the detection rate, the railway crime branch is making more effort to curb crimes.
It will start two new units at Diva and Vashi to tackle crimes on two most notorious railway stretches.
The Government Railway Police (GRP) will focus on Thane-Dombivli belt on the Central Railway’s main line and Chembur-Sanpada stretch on the harbour line. The railway police said there are spots and stations on these stretches that witness higher incidents of thefts.
A dedicated team of one officer and 10 staffers will help the police station. The railway crime branch officers will gather ground intelligence and will be posted at railway stations in civil clothes.
The units will start functioning before Diwali when the suburban section witnesses a rise in crimes, officials said.
“Stations such as Mumbra, Diva, Kalwa and even Thane, which is a terminal for outstation and trans-harbour trains, will be under watch as many thefts and bag-lifting incidents take place there. Govandi, Mankhurd, Sanpada and Juinagar stations are the other stations which see high crime rate,” said a GRP officer.
The two new units will take the total railway crime branch units to nine, including the Special Task Force (STF), which has an assistant inspector and sub-inspector level officers and 10 policemen.
Diva station, which also saw violent agitations by commuters last year, will soon have fast trains halting there. Officers said that with higher footfall, the station is likely to see a spike in crime.
The move to have crime branch teams at the two stations comes amid the GRP’s long-pending demand for two new police stations at Mankhurd and Asangaon to divide jurisdiction for effective policing.
-Diva-Vasai railway line which has shuttle and freight trains network, has seen rise in number of attacks by robbers as platforms and shuttles are comparatively deserted
-Vashi station has also seen rise in commuters after the Thane-Vashi trains started and also has notorious stations like Govandi and Mankhurd stations in the surrounding
-Railway crime branch, which has strength of 80 personnel, currently has units at CST, Thane, Kalyan, Wadala, Bandra and Vasai stations along with a STF at Bandra Terminus
-Diva and Vashi crime branch units to start ahead of Diwali in late October
Total thefts and detections in 2016
Cases 2812 Detections 1560
CR zone- Cases 1840 Detections 974
WR zone - Cases 972 Detections 586
Total thefts and detections in 2015
Cases 3301 Detected 1718
CR zone - Cases 2352 Detected 1261
WR zone - Cases 949 Detected 557
Reported 45 Detection 37
Reported 501 Detection 296
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