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Saturday, 1 October 2016

50 cops detained for boarding bogies reserved for handicapped - Mumbai

In a special drive, the Railway Protection Force (RPF) caught over 50 cops travelling in handicapped compartments. This drive was conducted after several warnings to the cops from the Inspector General of the RPF to not travel in handicapped compartments fell on deaf ears. The drive focussed on major stations such as Kalyan, Ambernath, Badlapur, Dombivali, Thane and Kurla.

A team from the Railway Protection Force (RPF) checked each of the handicapped compartments, detained cops found in the coaches and took down their identification numbers. The RPF now intends to write to their superiors. Central Railway officials said that when able bodied persons travel in coaches reserved for the physically handicapped, it causes all sorts of concerns and often results in the chain being pulled, which is one of the main causes of trains getting delayed. Officials said each time the train's chain is pulled, it gets delayed for two to five minutes.

Nitin Gaikward, who is physically-challenged and travels from Ghatkopar to CST, called this exercise an eye wash. Gaikward said, "After filing several petitions the RPF did not fine these cops. They were simply detained. It is very troublesome for handicapped commuters as the entire coach is occupied by these people."

Senior Divisional Security Commissioner for RPF on Central Railway Sachin Bhalode said, "This is a part of an on-going drive which we conducting to curb the problem. We will also write to their superiors and departmental heads to highlight the problem." 

Source : TOI , 1st Oct 2016

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