Losing track: Maharashtra worst for train robberies by some distance
Maharashtra had more robberies on trains than any other state in 2014, according to a report by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB)mumbai Updated: Aug 20, 2015 23:30 IST
Maharashtra had more robberies on trains than any other state in 2014, according to a report by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB). The state recorded 709 train robberies in 2014, a shocking 63% of the all-India total of 1,128. This is over seven times more robberies than in second-place Karnataka, which recorded 96 in the same period. Delhi was third with 62.
Of the 35,460 railway-related IPC crimes reported by the Government Railway Police (GRP) in 2014, Maharashtra (5,585) was second behind West Bengal (6,347). Uttar Pradesh was third with 5,158.
The Railway Protection Force (RPF) is responsible for providing security on all outstation trains. However, owing to severe staff shortages, RPF personnel cannot be deployed on all such trains. “We carry out threat perception of all trains in the state. Those that pass through sensitive areas or have been targeted earlier by robbers and dacoits are prioritised and given an RPF escort. We are trying to ensure RPF escorts for as many outstation trains as possible,” said a senior RPF official, who did not wish to be named.
D Kanakratnam, additional director general of police (railways) told Hindustan Times, “We are conducting routine drives in the state to curb robberies and thefts and are also taking preventive measures with the help of the RPF. The large number of vacancies in the GRP are also being filled, which will yield better results.”
Other railway crimes for which Maharashtra’s rank was unsettlingly high include murder (4rd behind West Bengal, Bihar and UP), rape (3rd behind West Bengal and MP) and theft (1st, ahead of UP and MP, Andhra Pradesh and Bihar.
Of the 392 murders on trains in 2014, 27 took place in Maharashtra, putting it fourth behind West Bengal (120), Bihar (60) and Uttar Pradesh (30).
The state also had the fourth highest number of rioting cases, with 16, behind only West Bengal (134), UP and Bihar (17 each).