As per the data collected by the Indian railways, a total of 55,369 cases of theft of passengers’ belongings and 1570 robberies took place inside running trains in the last 3.5 years. This year, between January and June, 9,222 cases of theft and 159 cases of robberies were registered, reported Money Control.
Moreover, there were 89 instances where the victims were robbed after they had been sedated. Reportedly, the authorities have arrested 1,378 people this year.
Similar Cases in Previous Years
For the year 2017, 18,936 cases of luggage thefts and 415 robberies were reported, with 27 cases of dacoities taking place inside the trains as well. A total of 155 passengers were robbed after they had been sedated.
The police have reportedly arrested 3,898 people in 2017.
The year 2016 saw 14,619 luggage thefts and 441 robbery cases being reported, along with 218 people being sedated before being robbed. A total of 3,331 people have been arrested in accordance with these cases.
Similarly, in 2015, 12,592 luggage thefts and 555 robberies and dacoities were registered, with 284 passengers being robbed after they were sedated. The police have arrested 3,151 culprits.
Analysing the data, it is clear that between 2016 and 2017, the robbery and dacoity cases showed a minor dip. However, incidents of theft appeared to have risen marginally.
Reportedly, the maximum number of theft cases have been registered from the Central Railways, standing at 3,907, followed by the Western Railways with 2,844 cases, Northern Railways with 2,480 cases and the Southern Railways with 2,093 cases.
Comparing the data on the robberies that took place in the trains, the Northern Railways comes at the top with 81 cases, followed by the Western Railways with 68 cases and Central Railways with 54 such cases.
Who Handles Your Safety When You Travel By Indian Railways?
According to Railway Ministry officials, the state police is responsible for the safety of 2,200 trains, while 2,500 trains are monitored by the Railway Police (RPF).
Moreover, 394 CCTVs have been installed at different platforms across the country to help the officials maintain a strict vigil, reported the Money Control. In case of an emergency, passengers can dial the helpline number 182 which is now reportedly operational.
The Logical Indian Take
The cases of thefts and robberies seem to be decreasing with every passing year, however, there are still such cases prevalent where the victims are sedated before they are robbed. The concerned authorities need to ensure better safety to railway passengers and employ better strategies to completely dissuade these culprits from taking advantage of the travellers in the Indian Railways.