The identity of the constable or the location and date of the incident is yet to be established, RPF officials said.
Mumbai: A video of a Railway Protection Force (RPF) constable being beaten by group of women, supposedly at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminal (CSMT), for passing his number to a woman commuter went viral on Thursday. The RPF has ordered an enquiry into the incident after it was alleged that the women objected to the constable passing his number. However, senior RPF officials claim it was part of a drill for better security, as per their instructions.
The identity of the constable or the location and date of the incident is yet to be established, RPF officials said. The video shows the constable being beaten by women, who alleged that he was passing a paper to one of them with a phone number on it. Surprisingly, the incident was never brought to the notice by any of the RPF personnel till the video went viral.
“We have only come across the video and have set up an inquiry to find if the allegations are true. We are gathering details on the location and date,” said Sachin Bhalode, senior divisional security commissioner of RPF (CR).
The RPF provides escort teams for outstation trains. Since there are 5-6 cops provided for a 24-coach train and all 24 coaches cannot be manned, the RPF had instructed its men to give their numbers to at least five commuters in each of the 24 coaches so they can be contacted during any emergency.
However, it appears that the women in the video got suspicious and the misunderstanding led to the assault.
“Designated outstation trains have five or six personnel on escort duty, hence it is not possible to be present in each coach. The phone number of the personnel helps in such case, as the commuter can call the personnel and report any incident without wasting time. This instruction has been given to all personnel,” added Bhalode.
The enquiry is expected to focus on what unfolded at the said station and what led to the misunderstanding.