Duo find themselves behind bars for crossing rail track
Mumbai , Jun 24 A railway court sentenced two persons to jail after they were caught crossing the tracks by police at suburban stations on the Western Railway line, officials said here today.
The&aposrare&apospunishment was awarded to Raju Gediya, a medical representative, who was sentenced to three days in prison while trader Jayantilal Pathak was sent to a week in jail after they were caught crossing the railway track.
The duo were caught by police officials during a public drive on June 17 to curb the number of commuters crossing railway tracks.
After depositing a fine of Rs 1,000, they were told to appear before a magistrate&aposs court the next day.
"On June 18, the Judicial Magistrate First Class at Virar sentenced Gediya to three days in jail while Pathak was sentenced to a week in jail,"railway officials said.
"In the recent past, this is the first time that such a decision has been awarded,"they said.
The maximum penalty for crossing tracks, classified as trespassing, is a fine of Rs 1,000 in addition to a jail term that can extend up to six months, railway officials said.
The Western Railways has launched a campaign against commuters crossing tracks called’ Anmol Jeevan&aposwhere people are educated about the dangers of crossing tracks and dissuaded from it.
So far over 2,400 persons have been booked for crossing tracks and over Rs seven lakh has been recovered, authorities said.