Agencies get together to drive out anti-socials
In a pre-dawn “clean-up” operation to flush out anti-socials, beggars and vagabonds from the railway premises, personnel of the Railway Protection Force, Margao Police and Konkan Railway Police swooped down on the place on Wednesday.
The four-hour-long joint operation began at four in the morning and continued till 8 am ~ with the police rounding up 70 persons. While the Railway Protection Force (RPF) arrested 15 persons for trespass into railway property, the Margao police arrested 22 persons, under the provisions of Goa Daman & Diu Prevention of Begging Act, 1972. The KR Police booked eight persons under section 41 of the Indian Police Act.
The joint operation comes against the backdrop of a sodomy case registered by the Margao police against three persons, besides the molestation incident right on the unmanned Margao railway station footbridge. The operation also assumes significance as it comes against the background of the jurisdiction factor coming in the way of the three agencies cracking a whip against the anti-socials.
Today’s operation covered the stretch of the railway property between the old Margao railway station and the new railway station. “We rounded up 70 persons during the combing operations. After scrutiny and screening the antecedents of the persons, many of them were arrested for begging and other offenses,” informed Margao Sub-divisional Police officer, DySP Mohan Naik. He said the RPF presence in the operation will go a long way to curb the presence of elements in the railway property because of the stringent railway law.
RPF senior police officer, K Prit, said the joint operation has sent a message loud and clear to the anti-socials that no one can take shelter in railway property at the Margao station premises. “Joint operations against anti-socials and beggars will continue in the days ahead. The premises will be flushed out of anti-social elements,” Prit said.
Meanwhile, RPF has seized liquor worth Rs 32,000 from a railway compartment. The case was later committed to the court. [H]