214 minor children held by RPF from Jan-July

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HT Bureau

GUWAHATI, Aug 30: In its drive against child trafficking, Railway Protection Force (RPF) has rescued as many as 214 minor children and arrested nine traffickers within the past seven months from January to July this year, a railway release informed here on Wednesday.

During the period, the RPF detected 75 cases of theft of stolen railway property. 93 criminals were arrested and stolen property worth Rs 9, 58,845 were recovered, the release said. As many as 94,949 offenders were arrested under various sections of Railway Act and fine to the tune of Rs. 5, 57, 74,905 was realised during the period from January to July, the release also said.

In addition to this, the RPF apprehended 20 touts and prosecuted them under section 143 of Railway Act. Contraband goods worth Rs. 3, 20, 43,549 were recovered on 79 occasions with arrest of 27 criminals during this period, it further said.

Moreover, 18 criminals involved in drugging and looting of passengers and 18 criminals involved in theft of passengers belongings were also arrested and handed over to GRP for further action. During current year, RPF also recovered huge quantity of explosive, gelatine sticks, detonator, fuse wire at Kamakhya and Bihara railway stations with arrest of two persons. Another person was arrested along with a revolver. All arrested persons were handed over to GRP after registering cases, it said.

The Tool Free RPF Helpline No 182 is functioning round the clock and providing facility to travelling passenger in lodging complains and seeking assistance without breaking their journey. Immediate assistance were provided in 67 cases and stolen/left behind luggage items were handed over to owners, it added.

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