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Jail for carrying fireworks on trains

Bhubaneswar, October 12, 2017: Railways have geared up to prevent carrying crackers in trains with the Diwali fast approaching. Carrying inflammable items during train journey is strictly prohibited and the offender may get an imprisonment up to three years.

East Coast Railway (ECoR) has advised its three Divisions, Khurda Road, Sambalpur and Waltair to launch a special safety drive to keep a strict vigil on carrying inflammable items in trains for the safety of the passengers during Diwali celebrations.

“Carrying of inflammable objects like crackers, gas cylinders, acid, petrol, kerosene, etc., during train journey is a punishable offence under the Railway Act 1989 and the offender may get an imprisonment up to three years,” stated an ECoR statement.

To make the train journey safer, ECoR has urged passengers to be careful and not to carry and also not let their co-passengers carry inflammable objects while travelling on trains.

“If any passenger is seen carrying inflammable items, the co-passengers are requested to inform on-duty Railway Staff like TTEs, Coach Attendants, Guards of the train, Station Managers, Railway Protection Force (RPF) and Government Railway Police (GRP) personnel to save the train passengers from danger,” it stated.

Passengers can call Help Line Number 182 to report any incident concerning carrying crackers on train. Steps have been taken by the Safety Department of East Coast Railway to make the train passengers and Rail Users aware of the dangers of carrying crackers and explosive substances. Surprise checks will be carried out randomly in trains in this regard in case of any suspicious regarding carrying of crackers, it added.

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