Over 2K unauthorised hawkers booked by RPF till October
HYDERABAD: The railway protection force (RPF), as part of its ‘Sewa Hi Sankalp’ initiative, booked 2,049 unauthorised hawkers from January to October to facilitate the free flow of passengers in the Secunderabad division.
The initiative, a pan-India operation, is important as the Secunderabad Railway Station has a footfall of 60 lakh passengers per day.
As many as 613 persons were also booked under Section 144 (A) of the Railway Police Act.
In 2021, 1,429 persons were arrested and booked, while the number has gone up to 2,049 till October of 2022, said Debashmita C. Banerjee, senior divisional security commissioner of the RPF, in a press release.
“We will be continuing legal action and enhance the security of passengers by launching drives, improving response, infusing technology and innovation in its working to enhance its response, effectiveness and reach, to realise the objective of ‘Seva Hi Sankalp’ drive,” Banerjee said.
She applauded the efforts of RPF for the action and urged passengers to contact the 139 railway helpline to complain about unauthorised hawking or any other emergency.