A 21-year-old Virar resident was arrested by the railway police for Providing fake ID cards of government and non-government sector to passengers who wish to travel in local trains amid the restrictions imposed in the view of the pandemic.
Western Railway’s RPF played a crucial role in the arrest of the person and traced him on the basis of a message circulated on Telegram app. The RPF provided his details, including his phone number and a case was filed against him under Section 420, 465 and 468 of the Indian Penal Code.
Currently, only essential workers and those approved by the government are allowed to travel on locals. Women too have permission, but only during non-peak hours. With only certain categories of essential workers eligible to travel by Mumbai’s local trains, others who have to travel long distances for work are resorting to desperate measures to board the trains.
Sumit Thakur , Chief Public Relations Officer of WR, has requested the general public to cooperate with the present COVID-19 norms and follow the instructions.
“Travelling with unauthorised ID cards is a punishable offence. Hence, WR appeals to passengers that only those specific essential categories, as notified by the Maharashtra government should travel in local trains.”