The year 2015 was the second consecutive year when Maharashtra topped in train robberies and thefts with as many as 688 robberies and 5882 thefts being registered last year by the Government Railway Police.
This is not the only crime where the state stood on top, but Maharashtra also witnessed highest number of kidnappings and abductions last year with 47 such cases being registered, revealed the statistics compiled by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB).
The situation of crime and security of commuters and out station trains has been dismal with unhindered access to hawkers and others suspicious persons who are generally offenders in such cases. The GRP conducted several drives in last year after Maharashtra registered 709 robberies in 2014, however, while the incidents went down by a few numbers in 2015, state continues to rank number one.
Among other states, Uttar Pradesh stood second with 264 robberies and Madhya Pradesh stood third with 144 cases, Delhi fourth with 102 such incidents and Karnataka registering 79 robberies last year.
The thefts onboard moving trains also rose to a whooping 5882 cases in Maharashtra, again the highest, followed by Uttar Pradesh with 5712 cases and Madhya Pradesh registering 3685 thefts, in 2015. While the gangs that commit robberies and thefts are different, the railway police officials said that the number has gone up also because of commuters reporting all the incidents to the police.
“We have filled several vacancies in the GRP statewide and are taking all steps with the Railway Protection Force (RPF) to get to the root of these cases. Almost all the railway stations in the rest of Maharashtra do not have CCTV cameras, which would act as a deterrent as police could easily spot suspicious person(s) who venture into railway premises regularly and nab them,” said a senior police official.
Another crime where the state topped in 2014 is kidnappings and abduction, of which 270 cases were registered across the country. Maharashtra saw 47 of these cases, followed by Delhi with 40 incidents. The third place was occupied by Uttar Pradesh and Bihar with 36 cases each, whereas West Bengal registered 26 and Madhya Pradesh 24 cases.
The officials said the number of cases had risen as the police was following Bombay high court orders, according to which an abduction case has to be registered if a juvenile goes missing. Officials claimed that the number of actual kidnappings was far less.
“We are conducting several awareness campaigns across the state with RPF in order to make the commuters aware of the safety measures that they need to take while travelling. We intend to bring down the crime further,” added the senior officer.