Following increased incidents of passengers suffering serious injuries after being hit by balloon missiles launched from the side of the tracks, police declared that the guiltiest will be held for lifetime over the massive offense.
The Railway police will book the offenders under the stringent Section 152 of the Indian Railway Act, 1989.
DGP Raj Khilnani of the GRP informed, "We have seen many serious incidents in the past in which people have lost their lives by falling onto the tracks, lost their eyes or suffered other serious injuries on being hit by a balloon. Offenders will be prosecuted under Section 152 of the Indian Railway Act, which provides for life imprisonment."
"We will be deploying extra GRP personnel on the tracks for patrolling, especially in areas where slums are located close to the tracks. We will catch the hooligans red handed and prosecute them. We are trying to deploy Home Guard personnel as well and will use the public information system on stations to warn people to take precautions and avoid indulging in mischief of this kind," the DGP added.
According the Section 152 - if any person unlawfully throws or causes to fall or strike at, against, into or upon any rolling stock forming part of a train, any wood, stone or other matter or thing with intent, or with knowledge that he is likely to endanger the safety of any person being in or upon such rolling stock or in or upon any other rolling stock forming part of the same train, he shall be punishable with imprisonment for life, or with imprisonment for a term which may extend to ten years.
Railway police has issued some tips to void injuries over balloon missiles:
- Avoid standing near the door a few days before and after Holi.
- Keep the windows closed if possible
- Try and click a photograph of the miscreants to help the police nab offenders
- Inform the railway police on 98333 31111 if you spot people lobbing balloons at the train
- Help fellow passengers if they are hit
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