Illegal vendors on train: RPF claims prompt action against them, activists say it’s not enough


Illegal vendors on train: RPF claims prompt action against them, activists say it’s not enough

The arrest of a toy seller who sold his wares on trains, after a video of him mimicking and mocking politicians went viral, has made national headlines.

Avdesh Dubey was arrested by the Railway Protection Force (RPF) from Surat last week and charged under several sections of the Railway Act, including section 144 (prohibition on hawking and begging), 145 B (committing nuisance or using abusive language in railway carriage) and 147 (unlawful entry into train), among others. Dubey was sent to judicial custody for 10 days, but later released on bail.

His arrest has raised questions about whether Dubey was being penalised for illegal hawking or because he mocked politicians. Read more

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