Hyderabad: In view of the Rail Roko programme announced by certain political groups, the Police Department has made arrangements for protection of people and property.
In a pressnote here today, the Director General of Police, Mr Aravinda Rao, stated that the South Central Railway has important trunk lines covering Chennai, Delhi, Bangalore and Visakhapatnam. Information and past experience show that there is likelihood of sabotage to Railway track by removal of fish plates and tampering or destroying signal equipment. These can result in serious accidents causing great loss to human life.
The District Police, the Railway Police, and the RPF are jointly coordinating the arrangements for protection of life and property. Cases will be booked under the Railway Act, 1989 in addition to IPC Sections of Law. Punishments under the Railway Act will be more rigorous for offences like stoppage of trains, squatting on Railway track and so on, he added.
The DGP has appealed to the people to desist from violence and from such acts which may result in loss of human life and destruction of property. The Police Department was making arrangements for patrolling important trunk routes to prevent offences, he added. (NSS)