AGRA: The Indian Railways, it kind of feels, is a veritable cave of treasures for robbers of all hues. From copper wires to iron bolts, towels to clean basin, blankets to taps, not anything was once spared.
It was once a hectic yr for the Railway Protection Force, which arrested over 11 lakh people around the nation for stealing elements from railway tracks and infrastructure in 2016. Maharashtra led in the choice of arrests at 2.23 lakh, adopted by means of UP with 1.22 lakh nabs.
RPF team of workers stuck those people stealing pandrol clips, fishplates, bolts, overhead wires, rails, rest room fittings in educate coaches, or even tubelights, fan, hand towels and blankets from AC coaches. Madhya Pradesh noticed 98,594 arrests, whilst Tamil Nadu 81,408 and Gujarat 77,047, rounding up the highest 5 states with this doubtful difference.
According to railway officers, thieves goal premium-quality iron and copper used in railway tracks, pandrol clips, high-tension overhead wires, sign cables aside from equipment on educate coaches and railway stations.
Gaurav Bansal, leader public relation officer of North Central Railway zone, which covers part of UP railway site visitors, mentioned, “In eastern UP, miscreants throw iron chains on 25,000-volt overhead wires to disrupt power supply on the tracks and steal 99.9 % pure copper overhead wires, while in the rest of the state, people, especially drug addicts, steal pandrol clips or saw off parts of the track to sell in the grey market. A one-metre slice of railway track of 60 kg with 90 tonnes’ endurance capacity can provide sufficient money to buy contraband.”
Railway officers mentioned a metre-long rail monitor can fetch over Rs 1,000 in the scrap marketplace. Bansal added, “Some thieves take mugs, mirrors, metal water taps from train coach lavatories, while some steal hand towels, blankets and bulbs from AC coaches. Recently, Tejas Express and Mahamana Express reported lavatory taps, hand shower heads and carpets missing after the trains completed their maiden journeys. ”
Due to this risk, railways have now presented fibre brake blocks for educate wheels, as thieves have been taking steel brake blocks too.