Over 1,600 petty offenders arrested in three-day drive

Updated on May 28, 2009 02:02 AM IST

Your daily train commute just became safer. The Railway police rounded up over 1,600 offenders between May 21 and 23, reports Rachna Pratihar.

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Hindustan Times | ByRachna Pratihar, Mumbai

Dharavi resident Sher Khan alias Sheru (35) was caught for the sixth time by the Dadar railway police on Saturday for mobile theft. Sheru, a drug addict, has been involved in mobile thefts and pick-pocketing since three years.

The same day, the Thane railway police arrested a history-sheeter, Pravin Bhalekar (30), at Thane station. Finding his movements suspicious, the police accosted him.

Bhalekar allegedly attacked the policeman with a knife. Now, he is cooling his heels in Kalyan jail. Released recently from Yerawada jail, he has several offences of theft and assault registered against him.

Your daily train commute just became safer.

The Railway police rounded up over 1,600 offenders, like Pravin and Sheru, between May 21 and 23.

During the special drive, the Government Railway Police (GRP) arrested 1,613 petty offenders.

The figures for the three-day drive exceed the average number of arrests made by the Railway police in a given month in 2008.

In a month not more than two offenders are caught by the GRP for the violation of the Indian Railway Act.

About 50 police teams, each one comprising five or six members, were put on job, besides the detection staff.

“By conducting such a surprise drive and catching them unawares, we wanted to instill fear factor,” said Central Railway Deputy Police Commissioner told Hindustan Times.

The Railway police added that they had conducted the drive to repose faith among the common man.

“There is a general feeling among the public that the police do not work,” said Koregaonkar.

“That is why we wanted to prove it through our work that they can trust the police,” he added.

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