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Over 500 caught performing stunts in Trains in May alone

Friday, 30 May 2014 - 9:58am IST | Agency: dna

GRP now plans to get in touch with parents of offenders to curb the menace

The biggest nuisance for the Government Railway Police (GRP) is the youngsters performing stunt on trains just for fun.

In order to curb the menace, the railway police have now started getting in touch with the parents of these youngsters.

The Mumbai Central railway police have been running a drive against these stuntmen and have nabbed more than 500 people for performing stunts in May alone.

There have been many incidents where men have fallen off trains after losing grip and died. Most of those who are nabbed for performing stunts are between 14 and 22 years old.
Rajendra Trivedi, senior inspector of Mumbai Central railway police, said, "I have instructed my men to carry out the drive against stuntmen. However, over a period of time we have noticed that just nabbing the youngsters is not enough as they do not learn their lesson and have been, on many occasions, found to be doing the same thing again."

Trivedi said when they nab youngsters who are found performing stunts they call their parents and ask them to come to the railway police station. "We show these youngsters videos of stunts on local trains that have gone wrong in front of their parents. Most of these videos are of people who have died or sustained grievous injuries while performing stunts. In most of the cases, the youngsters are reprimanded by their parents, who are obviously not aware of their children's doings. The children vow never to perform stunts again," Trivedi added.

He said this method seems to have been working as only one person has been nabbed again for performing stunts. The railway police said that they would be continuing the drive against stuntmen and would be calling their parents till there is remarkable change.

Dangerous travel
Number people the RPF has nabbed for performing stunt on trains on the Western Railway between January and April this year
Number of people caught on the Central Railway for the menace between January and April this year.

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