During the current year 2019 so far, 95 incidents of stone pelting have been reported over Southern Railway among which, in 36 incidents, passengers sustained injury and in 36 incidents, the Window Glass of the coaches and Looking Glass of the Loco were damaged. An analysis done on this menace revealed that the drunkards and school children are mostly involved in pelting stones, particularly during weekends and indulging in stone pelting.
Though RPF is registering cases under section 154 of Railways Act which is punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to one year, or with fine or with both, conducting awareness programmes by distributing leaflets, enlightening the consequences of stone pelting on running trains through mass contact programmes, etc., at schools, but the menace still persists.
Railways appeal for safety
Public are requested to help Railways maintain safety of its assets and passengers/crew by joining helping educating public not to throw stones / bottles on running trains which is causing injuries to the crew officials, passengers and it may cause grievous injuries due to which, they are constrained to discontinue their journey. Further, loss / damage to the National property also at time reported. Throwing of stone / bottle like substance is an offence under section 154 of Railways Act, 1989 which is punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to one year, or with fine or with both.
Children are playing by throwing stones or hard substances and their activity to be stopped by the parents explaining the consequences that, it is punishable under section 154 of Railways Act, 1989 which is punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to one year, or with fine or with both.