A video capturing a youth performing dangerous stunts on a Mumbai local train has ignited widespread anger on social media.
The video, which has now gone viral, shows a man standing on the stairs just below the footboard, swinging recklessly throughout his journey. The incident, which took place on a relatively empty coach, has raised concerns about passenger safety and adherence to railway protocols.
The video was originally shared on the microblogging platform 'X' by user Jaswant Singh, who called on Indian Railways to investigate the matter. In the footage, the daring individual can be seen maintaining balance with one hand while swinging from side to side using the other. Railway officials have deemed this act a "reckless stunt" that blatantly violates safety regulations within a railway station.
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RPF reviewing CCTV footage from various stations to identify the culprit
RailwaySeva promptly addressed the issue and redirected it to the Central Railway Railway Protection Force (RPF). An RPF official from the Central Railway division stated, "We are reviewing CCTV footage from various stations to identify the culprit."
However, according to 'X' user, this heart-stopping incident occurred during a journey from Kurla to Mankhurd on harbour line. Despite ample space inside the coach, the passenger chose to engage in this perilous escapade. The footboard and entry area were visibly uncrowded, making the act all the more shocking and irresponsible.
For support, the man clung to the gate's rod for a precarious grip while standing on the steps below the train's footboard. As the train approached the next station, he abruptly released his hold and descended to the ground. When a fellow passenger warned, "Policewala pakdega (The police will catch you)," the individual leaped from the running train onto the rail tracks. He then sprinted along the tracks for a few seconds while the train continued its journey towards the next railway station.
Action against those who engage in such reckless stunts
The Railway Protection Force (RPF) in the Mumbai Division has responded to the incident and assured that appropriate action will be taken against those who engage in such reckless stunts.
Railway authorities are determined to ensure that such dangerous acts do not go unpunished. "Travelling on footboard is an offence under the railway" said an official adding that RPF is looking for the culprit and CCTV cameras are being checked to identify the culprit.