The Railway Protection Force (RPF) has booked a 17-year-old girl for travelling on the footboard of a local train coach in Mumbai, on Wednesday. A video shot by a co-passenger showing the narrow escape of the girl from slipping onto the tracks went viral on Tuesday. The girl was travelling on a Kalyan-bound train between Ghatkopar and Vikhroli and was pulled back into the compartment by other passengers. The RPF registered a case under section 156 of the Railways Act.
According to Mumbai Mirror, after the video was circulated on social media, the Central Railways has decided to launch a special drive on Thursday to create awareness among commuters from travelling on the footboard of the train.
Sachin Bhalode, the senior divisional Security Commissioner of Central Railway (Mumbai Division), said that all RPF inspectors have been informed to form a special team for this drive. They have also been directed to record video of offenders, he added.
“Till the date this year, we have caught 68 stuntmen and 493 people while travelling on the footboard and prosecuted them under Railway Act. From Thursday, we are going to intensify the drive,” Bhalode said. A special team of 12 people to curb footboard travel will also be deployed, a Railways official said.