To make rail journey safer and secure to the 12 million people including the tourists who are making use of the rail services every day, He projected:
1. The need to remove the division of responsibility between the Government Railway Police (GRP) and Railway Protection Force (RPF);
2. For empowering the RPF with legal powers to tackle all cognizable offences under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Special Acts so that there is a single point of responsibility for tackling crimes against railway passengers.
(My Article ‘DIVISION OF RESPONSIBILITY BETWEEN THE RPF AND THE GRP-VIS-À-VIS RAILWAY PROPERTY, PASSENGER AREA AND THE PASSENGERS OVER INDIAN RAILWAYS SYSTEM was first published in monthly Ministry of Railways Official Magazine " Indian Railways"-JUNE-2007, followed in the All India Retired Raiwaymen’s Federation Magazine- 'FEDERATION NEWS'- 'SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER, 2011' ISSUE; and also in LAWYERS CLUB OF INDIA WEB.)-(The 14th Lok Sabha, - 08-12-2009 also made recommendations for more powers to RPF)
With HIS forethought, from the above, it can be seen that the views and vision of our beloved Hon’ble former President Late APJ Abdul Kalam had in fact paved the way for reconciliation on this crucial matter of Law & Order and Crime control on Indian Railway’s System, and a day may not be far away to have a unified single ‘Uniformed Indian Railway Police Force-exclusively for the Indian Railways System’ to deal all the offences and matters concerning and pertaining to ‘railway property, passenger area, passengers, their belongings, and the matters connected there with’.
“ YE HOSLONKA UDAN HAI”
Article by:V.Seshadri, ASC/RPF/Retired,
B.Sc;LL.M;PGDip.in Crl.Laws;PGDip in IRPM