NEW DELHI: In a disturbing development, incidence of IPC crimes, including murder and rape filed with Railways has seen a 33 per cent increase in 2014 compared to 2013.
According to National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB) data, West Bengal tops the list with 6,347 crimes. The Railways recorded a total of 35,460 IPC crimes compared to 26,620 reported by the Government Railway Police(GRP) in 2013.
The highest number of cases-- over 22,000-- related to theft followed by robbery and cases of grievous hurt. There has been a spurt in heinous crimes like murder and rape, with 392 and 122 cases, respectively. Around 450 kidnapping cases were reported in 2014.
West Bengal is followed by Maharashtra with 5,585 cases and Uttar Pradesh with 5,158 in the report. The maintenance of law and order in Railways and railway premises is the responsibility of the respective state police, whereas the security of passengers and their belongings on board the running trains and railway premises is the shared responsibility of the Railway Protection Force (RPF) and the GRP.