Railway passengers can now file FIR on board

Keeping in mind the safety of the railway passengers, the Lucknow Bench of Allahabad high court has directed railway officials that a victim's FIR should be registered on board without disturbing their journey in case of any crime.

The complaint should be in three copies and one be handed over to the passenger forthwith.

So far, the passengers had to break their journey to lodge FIR or complain on reaching their destination.

A bench of Justice S K Saxena and Justice Rakesh Srivastava simultaneously directed railway officials to install a panic button in every bogey for passengers to alert authorities when prompt action was required. The directions were issued in course of hearing of a PIL registered in 2011. It will hear the matter next on January 16.

The bench further directed the Government Reserve Police (GRP) to replace the heavy 303 rifles being carried by its escort team by modern and light arms.

CCTV cameras will also be installed at every GRP station.

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