SOUTH EASTERN RAILWAY
AN URGENT MEDIA REPORT
10th May, 2020
It has been observed that migrant labours are moving along with the railway track at different locations over the South Eastern railway also. on 9.5.2020 about 14 migrant workers in a group were moving towards Belda on foot, over the track detected by engineering staff between Jaleswar and Laxhanath Raod who were detained at nearest level crossing gate. Again a group of 26 people have been found moving towards Kharagpur of West Bengal and they have been detained at Haldipada Station by RPF staff.
In the evening hours again a group of people detected between Soro and Markona of Odisha moving on the railway track towards West Bengal. This type of trespassing continued even on 10.05.2020 where in the morning hours a group of people detected heading towards their home walking on the railway track near a level crossing between Soro and Markona of Odisha and another group of 8 migrants labour found moving towards Kharagpur, on track between Balasore and Haldipada .
As soon as these incidents reported train movements are being stopped until and unless track clearances are not received from the person in the field. These migrants’ labours are dealt very sympathetically at all the points by the station and RPF staff. The local civil authorities are being informed immediately to escort them towards the public road. After allowing them to take rest Food and water were arranged for them and counseled not to walk on the railway track by the railway staff.
South Eastern Railway has geared up it machinery even at the grass route level. Advisory has been issued to the concerned officials. It has been ensured that the cases of trespassing are to be reported from every corner. Adequate staff and security persons over the tack are being arranged. All the Loco Pilots have been advised to keep a sharp look out for trespassers on the track and blow horn frequently and take necessary action as and when required. RPF and Engineering staff, who are on patrolling duty, have also been advised to prevent such type of trespassing on track and report to the higher officials immediately. Station Masters have been directed to take appropriate action and inform the local administration about the incident immediately for necessary assistance in this respect. Awareness campaign has been arranged through different media to stop this practice in this crucial time for the safety of individuals