The crime is on the rise at city railway station, the latest report sought from the railway police department has revealed. Jalandhar railway station is not new to this, as every now and then, various crime cases have been reported from here.
Sarabjit Singh, inspector RPF (Railway Police Force) said, "We admit that the crime cases are on the rise. But our staff are vigilant and are taking strict action against those found guilty. We make sure that culprits do not go scot-free and we fine them when needed."
In the last three months, 1,136 cases of violation of laws have been reported and the RPF has collected a fine of Rs 1, 97,360.
The railway station has got two police forces -- GRP (Government Railway Police) and RPF (Railway Police Force). All the cases related to theft are handled by the GRP and while the RPF deals with cases related to railway crossing, chain pulling, no parking, smoking, vigilance in the ladies compartment, etc.
In addition to this, there are cases that come under Railway Property Unlawful Act, in which the cases are registered against the people who try to steal railway properties and the number of such incidents has also increased.
Meanwhile, GRP station house officer (SHO) Baldev Singh Randhawa said, "I agree that the theft cases have increased at the station, but our staff make sure that public safety is not compromised."
"Our police officials are keeping a strict vigil at the station round the clock. Our officials carry out periodic checking in the running trains and also on the platforms. Many of our staff are present at the railway station in the civil dress to keep a strict vigil on the untoward incidents," he added.
Abandoned building surrounding railway station
There are some abandoned buildings around railway station that are used by miscreants for carrying out illegal activities. In the past, such cases have been reported where the drug addicts have been caught by the railway police.