Maligaon, September 14 (MExN): NF Railway’s Railway Protection Force (RPF) rescued 31 underage boys and girls from different stations during different runs and checks carried out from September 10 to 13 on NF Railway. The rescued minors were then handed over to their respective parents/guardians, CHILDLINE/NGO for safe custody and further course of action.
In a campaign on September 13 against human trafficking, unauthorized peddling, begging etc. at Katihar station, the RPF of Katihar (East) rescued 05 underage boys on the run. On the same day, the New Coochbehar RPF carried out a campaign against human trafficking at the New Coochbehar railway station. During the ride, they rescued an underage boy who didn’t seem to be in his right frame of mind and was missing from home. Also on the same day, the Rangiya RPF rapid response team carried out checks at Rangiya railway station and rescued a runaway underage boy.
In several incidents on September 12, the RPF rescued 5 minors from different stations. On that day, Katihar (East) RPF while checking under Operation ‘Nanhe Faristey’ at Katihar Railway Station, rescued 02 underage boys who were begging in the station area. RPF staff and Guwahati CIB Team while checking at Guwahati Railway Station together with a member of Railway Child Line, Guwahati rescued 02 runaway underage boys. New Jalpaiguri RPF personnel, while checking at New Jalpaiguri railway station, rescued a runaway underage girl.
The RPF of the NFR also rescued 19 minors during various drives and checks carried out on September 10 and 11 in the stations of Katihar, Agartala, Hasimara and Falakata.
A press release received here indicates that train escort teams and RPF personnel deployed at stations have been alerted and sensitized to be vigilant and on the lookout for people suspected of being involved in human trafficking. as well as movements of children in suspicious ways, traveling alone, without a proper guardian, etc. A new initiative under “Meri Saheli” has been formed on NFR and operates 24 hours a day to educate female/child passengers on safety and how to use the #139 helpline in an emergency.