Silchar | December 7, 2017
Railway commuters have sought the intervention of the authorities against the unruly activities of transgenders in different trains plying to and from Assam’s Barak Valley.
Complaints have been pouring in recently that transgenders, who board trains in gangs/groups, allegedly threaten passengers and demand money from them on a daily basis. They allegedly abuse and threaten passengers if they do not comply or shell out lower amounts than demanded.
Commuters, particularly in the Silchar-Agartala and Silchar-Guwahati passenger trains, have complained that this has become a daily affair. However, no step has been taken to prevent the “intolerable” activities.
A large number of people from the state visit Silchar on a regular basis, especially for medical treatment. Because of the poor condition of the National Highway 8 (Assam-Tripura road), commuters prefer travelling by train to Silchar. A comparatively low fare in trains is one of the major reasons that people opt for trains to reach Silchar.
Besides the Silchar-Agartala and Silchar-Guwahati passenger trains, the other trains which run from here include the Kanchenjunga Express (Silchar-Sealdah), Poorvottar Sampark Kranti Express (Silchar-New Delhi) and Silchar-Thiruvananthapuram Central SF Express.
Passengers complained that transgenders surround them in groups if someone tries to resist.
Even if cautioned with informing railway police, they remain unfazed, the commuters alleged.
Commuters also complained that the transgenders are able to continue their activities because of a shortage of security officials in trains. Stressing the necessity of solving the issue at the earliest, commuters have sought the intervention of the railway authorities.
Northeast Frontier Railway area manager, Badarpur sub-division, Amit Singh said this afternoon that he had received a few complaints about the transgenders’ activities in trains and that proper steps would be taken to ensure hassle-free journeys for passengers.
He said an official letter would be issued and instructions would be given to the Railway Protection Force (RPF) and Government Railway Police (GRP) officials to take necessary measures.
Source: The Telegraph