Raigarh: The Government Railway Police (GRP) had registered cases against passengers for travelling without tickets 20 years back. Since then the GRP cops, armed with a permanent warrant, have been going to Kolkata regularly in search of ticketless travellers but the team returns empty-handed every time. The GRP staff said that most of the addresses were wrong, while at some places some other persons were found to be living.
Before April 1, 2003, the GRP used to take action under the Railway Act. In 2003 the responsibility of action under Railway Act was given to Railway Protection Force (RPF). But GRP is still taking action on cases registered before April 1, 2003 and it is their responsibility to produce the permanent warranties in the court.
Several trips to Purulia fail to locate ticketless traveller
The Raigarh GRP has been running from pillar to post in search of some accused booked under Railway act. In one such case, one Shiv Kumar Rao, resident of Purulia district (West Bengal), is an accused. The GRP jawans have gone to Purulia several times to search him but failed to find him. The address given by Rao is wrong. Similarly many other accused have given wrong addresses.
The problem is that until the accused persons are found or papers confirming their death are submitted the cases will remain pending
Permanent warrant for crossing railway track
There are many people who cross railway track putting their life in danger. They usually forget about this shortly afterwards. But not the GRP. The GRP has a list of permanent warranties who face charge of crossing the track. Such persons are booked under Railway Act 147. The GRP cops have been going to their respective addresses for the last 18-20 years but have failed to catch them.