Death of a 26-year-old man because of stunts performed by two youths on a Borivli-bound local train on Wednesday has forced the Government Railway Police (GRP) to initiate a rigorous drive to ensure that youths indulging in like life-threatening feats do not go unpunished.
Parshuram Karyakarte, senior inspector of Borivli GRP, said that the commissioner of GRP has taken cognisance of the mishap, and a drive was initiated on Thursday.
“As part of the drive, we will focus on creating more awareness amongst commuters so that they do not indulge in such stunts. Besides, strict action will be taken against offenders, and any person found indulging in such misdeeds will be charged under relevant sections of the Bombay Police Act,” said Karyakarte.
Alok Bohra, senior divisional security commissioner of the Railway Protection Force (RPF), said the mishap can be attributed to lack of awareness and civic sense amongst youths. “Stunts are not allowed on railway premises as they are detrimental to the stunt performers, other commuters and the railway equipment,” said Bohra.
Besides, said Bohra, it is essential that people respond to drives initiated by the police. “Since such offenders are usually youngsters, we visit schools, colleges with a view to create awareness about the hazards of such stunts. We try to impart that youths should strictly desist from such activities as they are highly perilous,” said Bohra.
Bohra said that offenders who are found indulging in stunts are provided counselling from trained professionals and are also punishable under several safety-related sections of the Railways Act as per the gravity of the offence.
Section 156 of the Railway Act can be invoked against a commuter travelling dangerously. The act specifies that an accused can be fined Rs.500 or sent to prison for three months, or both.