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East Coast Railway has taken strong action and has alerted its workforce about the thriving coal theft from its jurisdiction. Frequent patrolling, deputation of staff in sensitive areas have been made to check coal theft from goods trains and other illegal activities.

ECoR is getting feedback from different print & electronic media about the theft of coal from trains and other illegal activities. In view of this, Railways have speeded up its Special drive against coal theft and this will continue. Special squad have also been formed to check coal smuggling. 

A lot of such incidents have been occurring o­n Bhadrak-Dhamara Port Private Rail Line under the control of Dhamara Port. Efforts are being taken to curb the theft by East Coast Railway with the coordination of District & State Police to take necessary steps to put a check o­n coal theft. Divisional Railway Manager at Khurda Road along with Senior Divisional Security Commissioner have taken up the matter previously with Dhamra Port authorities and Bhadrak District Police. 

The Railway Line from Dhamara Port to Ranital is owned and operated by Dhamara Port Corporation Limited and falls under the jurisdiction of Bhadrak District Administration. Repeated public complaints and media alerts are being received regarding rampant theft of coal from coal loaded wagons during their run between Dhamara Port and Ranital Station particularly near Junction Cabin near Ranital. Video footage of the same incidents are also getting viral in social media. A group of criminals are committing theft of coal by utilising local villagers who are engaged to unload coal from the wagons of the running trains.

Since Railway Line is not falling within the jurisdiction of ECoR, Railway Protection Force (RPF) is not able to intervene directly. ECoR RPF authorities at Khurda Road Division are pursuing the matter with District Police at Bhadrak but such incidents are still being reported rampantly.

Divisional Railway Manager/Khurda Road has o­nce again written to State Government Police authorities to stop coal theft and clamp down strongly against the illegal activities. Railways has ordered a special drive to check instances of coal theft from trains by alerting its workforce. Any information in this regard to be given to RPF Security Control over Phone Number 182.

(J. P. Mishra)
Chief Public Relations Officer

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