As per the data collected by the Ambala division of the Northern Railways on the number of penalties levied on defaulters on the Chandigarh railway station, a total of 237 cases have been registered in the past six months (from June till November).
The data has been collected on the basis of regular checking by the Railway Protection Force (RPF) and Government Railway Police (GRP).
Of total 237 cases registered under 12 different sections of the Railways Act, most cases include violations like trespassing followed by drunkenness or nuisance.
Under Section 147 of the Act (punishment for entering upon or into any part of a railway without lawful authority), a total of 79 cases were registered, while 71 cases were lodged under Section 145, which states “if any person in any railway carriage or upon any part of a railway is found in a state of intoxication; or commits any nuisance; or act of indecency; or uses abusive; or obscene language on the railway premises should be punished.
An RPF official said, “Sometimes, during night time, drunken people create ruckus or indulge in mischievous activities. Initially, they are charged Rs 500 fine but if the person continues to argue or refuses to pay the penalty, the punishment can even extend to six months of imprisonment.”
Meanwhile, a total of 11 cases were registered under Section 162 (punishment for entering carriage or other place reserved for females); 21 under Section 156 (travelling on roof, step or engine of a train); 24 under Section 144 (hawking and begging); 11 under Section 162 (entering carriage or other place reserved for females); and six cases under Section 141 (alarm chain pulling or needlessly interfering with means of communication in train).
Other violations include opening or breaking a level crossing gate (one case in the past six months), unauthorised business of procuring and supplying railway tickets (two cases) and stone pelting, endangering safety of persons travelling by train (four cases). The Chandigarh Railway station officials confirmed among these 237 cases, no arrests were made.