Kannur: A special squad of the Railway Protection Force (RPF) will monitor footboard travellers in trains. Palakkad Division Security Commandant Manojkumar will lead the special team and the staff of the respective departments will address the problem of bullies who obstruct fellow commuters.
Standing on the footboard of a train or sitting on the steps is an offence as per the Railway rules. As many as 70 cases were registered in the Kasaragod RPF section, said Inspector P Vijayakumar. Students also booked in the case. The RPF is giving awareness classes on not to use footboard travel while the train is moving or sit on footboard to travel. This will attract a fine of Rs 500 and 3 months jail term.
The door of the train weighs 85 kg. The new Linke Hofmann Busch coaches of passenger trains have doors weighing only 65 kg. As per Railway statistics, more than deaths, grievous injuries due to accidents are reported in a large scale. While commuting by sitting on footboard more injuries are caused due to freak mishaps when the passengers legs hit the platform. Many accidents due to boarding of running trains and alighting from moving trains are also common.