Bhopal: The Railway Protection Force, which has been given the additional responsibility of protecting the passengers and passenger areas, that is the railway platforms, on the recommendation of the High Level committee on Security of Railways with the amendment of the RPF Act, 1957 and the Railways Act, 1989 in 2003, seems to have abdicated its role and this has been exposed amply with the murder of a passenger in front of his son by a gang of pickpockets on Platform no. 6 of the Bhopal main station on Thursday night.
Pawan Giri (48), a painter by profession, who was waiting to board a train to Sehore at platform no. 6 at the Bhopal main railway station along with his 27 year old son Karan at about 11 pm, was brutally killed by some unidentified persons. According to the what has been told to the police by Karan is that a pickpocket was caught red-handed by his father when he tried to steal his purse at the railway platform. After the pickpocket was overpowered and pinned down, about half-a-dozen of his associates who were moving around converged on the spot. they pulled Pawan outside the station and stabbed him to death. The GRP is investigating the case.