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RPF launches awareness drive for passengers

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Modus operandi of criminals lifting luggage from passengers explained

- PHOTO: M. GOVARTHAN

Be cautious:Volunteers from the Bharat Scouts and Guides distributing handbills about information on safety of the passengers at the Erode railway junction on Wednesday.

ERODE: The Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel launched an awareness drive at the Erode railway junction on Wednesday to educate the public on their safety while on travel and on gangs that befriend and drug co-passengers before robbing them of their belongings.

RPF Divisional Security Commissioner SMS Sankarappan inaugurated the drive at the railway junction in the presence of RPF Inspector J. Anil and senior railway officials.

A team of RPF personnel along with the volunteers of Bharat Scouts and Guides distributed handbills with a list of ‘Dos and Don'ts' to be followed by the passengers.

The personnel and volunteers appealed to the passengers to be aware of the tricks used by the gangs to rob them while on travel. Passengers should reject the food offered by strangers.

The modus operandi of the criminals lifting luggage from the passengers fast asleep in running trains was also explained during the drive.

Volunteers also asked the passengers to inform the authorities if they noticed suspicious objects on the train or at the railway station.

“Crime aboard trains could be brought down if the passengers took adequate precautions,” Mr. Anil said.

Similar awareness programmes would be held at the railway junction on a frequent interval, he added.

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