Campaign leads to fall in stunts on trains
Thanks to their month-long campaign against performance of stunts on running trains, the number of offenders has witnessed a steady decline, said the railway police.mumbai Updated: Oct 03, 2011 00:57 IST
Thanks to their month-long campaign against performance of stunts on running trains, the number of offenders has witnessed a steady decline, said the railway police.
The railway police began the drive on its three routes on August 31, after a video of stunts performed by a group of youngsters from Reay Road on a harbour line train was put up on a social networking site.
In an attempt to imitate the stunts, a youngster from Mumbra also sustained grievous injuries on September 1. Following the incident, the drive was made more stringent on the harbour line.
More than 250 men have been arrested in the last four weeks. "Stunts are mostly tried near Wadala and Mankhurd stations. Most of the boys arrested are in the 12-15 age group," said GS Bhandare, deputy commissioner of police (railway).
The railway police plan to continue with the drive till youngsters stopped trying dangerous stunts on trains.
The commuters, however, beg to differ. A commuter, who travels from Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus to Panvel daily, said, "When the video was doing the rounds, action was taken against every youngster trying stunts on trains.
Though the stunts are performed even now, policemen are hardly around to act against them."
Refuting the allegations, the police claim that most youngsters now perform stunts along the stretch between two stations and not close to the platforms. Consequently, taking action against them becomes difficult.
"When we try to stop them from risking their lives, they ask us to mind our business. Blaming the railway police for the irresponsible behaviour of the youngsters is not fair," said Dilip Surya, a resident of Vashi, who commutes on the harbour line daily.