Statistics provided by the police has revealed that in 2010, crime in the jurisdiction of the Central Railway (CR) was much higher than in the areas under the Western Railway’s (WR) governance.
While data pertaining to petty crime was unavailable, the figures for last year showed that while two murders were reported on the western line, four murders were reported on the central line.
Moreover, out of the total deaths that occurred due to mishaps, such as falling out of a moving train or being hit by a train while crossing tracks, 2,238 mishaps were reported on the central line while the western line recorded 1,468 cases.
While several reasons have been attributed to the central line registering higher number of crimes than the western line, one primary reason, as the police contend, is that the CR includes two railway lines — the central and the harbour lines.
The police say that while the western line includes seven railway stations, the central line includes 10.
“Since the central railway consists of two lines, the number of commuters using these services is higher when compared to the western railway, which resulted in higher instances of crime,” said Dilip Chavan, assistant commissioner of police, railway crime branch. “Instances of crime registered mostly include petty crimes such as mobile theft, chain-snatching, bag- snatching and pick-pocketing.”
The other problem that the central line faces is that CR authorities are yet to build a boundary wall that would cordon off the railway tracks from the slums that are built on either side. The WR authorities have already built such boundary walls.
“By building boundary walls, anti-social elements are kept off railway premises and hence less incidents of crimes take place,” said another senior railway police officer on condition of anonymity.