Railway Protection Force (RPF)/Waltair plays a pro-active role to provide all out security to the rail users ranging from rescuing missing children, arresting touts, recovering narcotics and left behind bags.
Based on the intelligence reports about the illegal transportation of Ganja through North bound trains passing through Visakhapatnam area, intensified drives have been launched by Railway Protection Force against narcotics over Waltair Division from 2nd week of January.
As part of the special drive, 14 cases were detected with total seizure of 346 Kgs of Ganja, Valued Rupees Eleven lakhs and arrested 27 traffickers. All the seizures have been handed over to State police and cases were registered under Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS Act).
RPF has formed special teams to check the suspected luggage of the passengers to detect the contraband at major stations and in some trains en-route- said Sri. Chokka Raghuveer, Senior Divisional Security Commissioner/ RPF/ Visakhapatnam. Concerted efforts are being made in close co-ordination with Local Police & GRP to eradicate such illegal transportation of narcotics through trains.
The Special RPF teams could able to trace this illegally transported Ganja with intelligence inputs and timely efforts, that resulted in grabbing 149.5 kgs at Visakhapatnam railway station, at Duvvada – 30kgs and at Koraput railway station-40kgs. Apart from this, in several instances, with information received from fellow passengers RPF teams plunged into action to seize such luggage as given below.
1) On 21.01.2021, one passenger travelling in T/No. 02843 Special Express informed RPF Help line that 04 unclaimed bags are available in S-1 coach suspected to be Ganja. On arrival of the train at Vizianagaram, the joint team of RPF & GRP seized 30 Kg Ganja.
2) On 01.02.2021, RPF & GRP Team apprehended 03 persons with 61 Kg Ganja while travelling in T/No. 02851 Swarna Jayanthi Express at Samalkot.
3) On 11.02.2021, RPF apprehended 01 person with 14 Kg Ganja, in T/No. 02887 Spl. Express.
4) On 11.02.2021, RPF & Excise Team apprehended 05 persons with 16 Kg Ganja, in T/No. 08448 Spl. Express at Rayagada platform.