THE Railway Board has entrusted Railway Protection Force (RPF), the security force of Indian Railways, for registration of offences in parcel theft cases under Railway Property (Unlawful Possession) Act (RPUP). This decision has been taken after complaints against Government Railway Police (GRP) about non-registration of First Investigation Report (FIRs) in parcel theft cases reached the office of Director General of RPF (DGRPF).
The directives issued by DGRPF Arun Kumar stated that the incidents of thefts from leased Parcel/Luggage/Brake vans attached to Mail/Express/Passengers trains had been causing considerable anxiety. Noticing lethargic approach of GRP staff, the DGRPF stated that the lease holders were often raising the issue of non-registration of FIRs by GRP in case of criminal interference with leased consignment.
“The revenue of the Railways declining due to parcel thefts,” the DGRPF claimed and added that these incidents had not only eroded the confidence of the customers but also resulted in premature termination of the lease contracts. He further stated that the provision in the Comprehensive Parcel Leasing Policy entrusted the responsibility of registration and investigation of the offences of theft from Leased Parcels/VPUs (Parcel Van) to GRP. Read more