GRP eyes Facebook to nab druggies, criminals in Mumbai

Aug 28, 2014, 13:51 IST | Vinay Dalvi

Railway police will soon launch a Facebook page where commuters can upload pictures and videos of the crimes or unlawful activities taking place in trains and on railway premises

The next time you want to report about a druggie travelling in a compartment reserved for ladies or a man misbehaving with women commuters in trains or at platforms, all you have to do is click and upload the miscreant’s picture on the soon to be opened Government Railway Police’s (GRP) Facebook page. Once the picture is uploaded, GRP officials will trace the accused and, once nabbed, will take appropriate action against him.

The man who allegedly harassed a woman in Mumbai Metro few days back

There have been several cases of women commuters being harassed by train bullies, but the victims refuse to lodge a complaint, as many have to take the same local the next day. Keeping this in mind, police commissioner (Railways) Dr Ravindra Kumar Singal came up with the idea of starting a Facebook page.

GRP officials said the page will be opened soon and commuters can upload pictures or videos of unlawful activities carried out on the railway premises, following which appropriate action would be initiated against the culprits. Moreover, an inspector will be appointed to keep a tab on the page. Sources claim that Singal would also be checking the page from time-to-time.

“The aim of this initiative is to reduce crimes in trains and on railway premises. Anybody can post pictures or videos on the page. In addition, GRP officials recently met several NGOs and discussed possibilities of reducing crime and remove child beggars from railway premises,” said a senior GRP officer.

He added that with people uploading pictures and videos, it would be difficult for the officials to shirk work. GRP personnel from the area, where a crime or an unlawful activity has been committed, will have to take immediate action.

Commenting on the initiative, Singal said, “We are working on something to reduce crime, but it would be too early to talk about it.” Singal is a 1996 batch Indian Police Service (IPS) officer, who has managed security for Kumbh Mela and served as an officer at the Thane crime branch.

Caught on cam
mid-day report on August 9 (above) about the man who has been accused of harassing a woman on metro train. The victim herself clicked a picture of the accused on the sly.

It was first reported on August 7 that the 24-year-old woman had been allegedly harassed when the accused began staring at her and made lewd gestures, while she was on her way to D N Nagar. The case was first registered at D N Nagar police station, and then transferred to Ghatkopar police station, since the incident began from there.

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