Railway Protection Force has issued guidelines for travellers as the festive season is approaching. The general public is counselled to desist from the following acts or omission while being in railway stations, trains or other railway area:

1)         Not wearing a mask or wearing a mask improperly.

2)         Not maintaining social distancing.

3)         Coming to railway area or station or boarding a train after having declared Covid Positive.

4)         Coming to railway area or station or boarding a train after giving samples for testing of corona virus and awaiting result.

5)         Boarding a train after having been denied to undertake travel by the health check up team at the railway station.

6)         Spitting or wilful ejection of body fluid/waste in public area.

7)         Activities which may create unclean or unhygienic conditions or affect public health and safety in railway stations and trains.

8)         Not adhering to any of the guidelines issued by Railway administration for prevention of spread of corona virus.

9)         Any other act or omission likely to aid in spread of corona virus.

Since these acts or omissions are likely to aid in the spread of corona virus, they will tantamount to interference with passenger amenities provided by the railway administration, wilful omission or neglect endangering or causing to be endangered the safety of any person or rash and negligent act or omission likely to endanger the safety of any person travelling or being upon any railway and may be punished with imprisonment and/or fine under section 145, 153 and 154 of Railway Act 1989.

Section 145 in The Railways Act, 1989

145. Drunkenness or nuisance.—If any person in any railway carriage or upon any part of a railway—

(a) is in a state of intoxication; or

(b) commits any nuisance or act of indecency or uses abusive or obscene language; or

(c) wilfully or without excuse interferes with any amenity provided by the railway administration so as to affect the comfortable travel of any passenger, he may be removed from the railway by any railway servant and shall, in addition to the forfeiture of his pass or ticket, be punishable with imprisonment which may extend to six months and with fine which may extend to five hundred rupees: Provided that in the absence of special and adequate reasons to the contrary to be mentioned in the judgment of the court, such punishment shall not be less than—

(a) a fine of one hundred rupees in the case of conviction for the first offence; and

(b) imprisonment of one month and a fine of two hundred and fifty rupees, in the case of conviction for second or subsequent offence.

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Section 153 in The Railways Act, 1989

153. Endangering safety of persons travelling by railway by wilful act or omission.—If any person by any unlawful act or by any wilful omission or neglect, endangers or causes to be endangered the safety of any person travelling on or being upon any railway, or obstructs or causes to be obstructed or attempts to obstruct any rolling stock upon any railway, he shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to five years.

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Section 154 in The Railways Act, 1989

154. Endangering safety of persons travelling by railway by rash or negligent act or omission.—If any person in a rash and negligent manner does any act, or omits to do what he is legally bound to do, and the act or omission is likely to endanger the safety of any person travelling or being upon any railway, he shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to one year, or with fine, or with both.