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Maharashtra, Mumbai top crime charts during 2013

According to NCRB data, Maharastra and Mumbai are at the top on crime list for 2013. To meet those chalenges, the state needed better policing, however, what Maharashtra has done is to bring a Bill that formalises the very practices of unwarranted political interference, say activists

At a time, when the state government is trying to push a Bill on police reforms, Maharashtra and particularly Mumbai, has emerged at the top in the crime chart during 2013. According to National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), Maharashtra has the highest number of custodial deaths, railway crimes and crimes against women, while Mumbai ranks as the second most unsafe city for women and minors.

The latest crime figures released by the NCRB have Mumbai and Maharashtra at the top for 2013:  
Highest number of custodial deaths in Maharashtra
Mumbai ranks second in crimes against minors, while Maharashtra has most minors who run afoul of the law
Highest number of railways crimes in Maharashtra
Highest number of crimes against women in Maharashtra
Mumbai is the second most unsafe city in India for women.

To meet these challenges, citizens and activists feel that the state’s response must be better policing – policing which is unbiased, responsive and lawful. However, what the state government has done is pass  the Maharashtra Police (Amendment) Act (MPA), 2014, without any public consultation or discussion.

Police Reforms Watch Mumbai and the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) have termed the Bill as a 'fraud on the people and the process of police reform'. The objective of the Bill is to amend the Maharashtra Police Act, 1951 to incorporate six directives on police reform laid down by the Supreme Court in 2006. But every directive has been systematically diluted or subverted in the Bill which formalizes excessive political interference in the day to day management of the police, the NGOs said.

Maja Daruwala, director of CHRI, says, “Police reform in the public interest cannot happen in isolation or haste. Maharashtra is in serious need of police reform, but reform which is done in consultation with both the police and the public.The process of drafting a new law must be given the widest publicity. It is our hope the Governor returns the Bill to the legislature and it is then referred to a Select Committee that can facilitate a consultation process”.

“While the blame for this Bill lies with the ruling party dispensation of Congress and NCP, we fail to understand why the Opposition did not put up a spirited fight against such an obnoxious Bill. While the State and the City President of the BJP, including the Leader of the Opposition did raise some objections, they failed to build pressure to defeat the Bill’s passage or have it referred to a Select Committee,” says Dolphy D’ Souza, Convenor of Police Reforms Watch Mumbai.

A citizen’s campaign led by PRW and CHRI has been launched to urge the Governor to invoke his powers under Article 200 of the Constitution of India, to withhold his assent to the Bill and send it back to the State Legislature for reconsideration, and send recommended changes for both Houses to consider. We appeal to the people of the state to support our campaign for better policing for a safer Maharashtra.



Arun Bewoor

3 years ago

The petty politicians in Maharashtra prefer to interfere in Police work to favour the criminals they support and in turn take their help when needed. The Police are emasculated and then prefer to satisfy the elected officials rather than the people they are expected to serve and support.

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Railways to introduce 58 new trains, extends 11 existing

The newly introduced 58 trains include five Jansadharan trains, five Premium Trains, six AC Express trains, 27 Express trains, eight passenger trains, two MEMU services and  five DEMU services

Railway minister DV Sadananda Gowda, while presenting the rail budget for 2014-15 announced introduction of 58 new trains and also extension of 11 existing trains. The newly introduced 58 trains include five Jansadharan trains, five Premium Trains, six AC Express trains, 27 Express trains, eight passenger trains, two MEMU services and five DEMU services this year.


Gowda said these services would be meeting the demand surges which manifest themselves on special occasions. He said that special trains would continue to run to meet the holiday and festival rush including services for Melmaruvathur, Velankanni and Jhalawar.



Jansadharan Trains

  1. Ahmedabad–Darbhanga Jansadharan Express via Surat

  2. Jaynagar–Mumbai Jansadharan Express

  3. Mumbai–Gorakhpur Jansadharan Express

  4. Saharasa–Anand Vihar Jansadharan Express via Motihari

  5. Saharasa–Amritsar Jansadharan Express

Premium Trains

  1. Mumbai Central–New Delhi Premium AC Express

  2. Shalimar–Chennai Premium AC Express

  3. Secunderabad-­ Hazrat Nizamuddin Premium AC Express

  4. Jaipur–Madurai Premium Express

  5. Kamakhya–Bengaluru Premium Express

AC ExpressTrains

  1. Vijayawada­ New Delhi AP Express (Daily)

  2. LokmanyaTilak(T)–Lucknow (Weekly)

  3. Nagpur–Pune (Weekly)

  4. Nagpur–Amritsar (Weekly)

  5. Naharlagun–NewDelhi (Weekly)

  6. Nizamuddin–Pune (Weekly)

Express Trains

  1. Ahmedabad–Patna Express (Weekly) via Varanasi

  2. Ahmedabad­ Chennai Express (Bi­weekly) via Vasai Road

  3. Bengaluru –Mangalore Express (Daily)

  4. Bengaluru –Shimoga Express (Bi­weekly)

  5. Bandra(T)–Jaipur Express (Weekly)Via Nagda,Kota

  6. Bidar–Mumbai Express(Weekly)

  7. Chhapra–Lucknow Express (Tri­ weekly)viaBallia,Ghazipur,Varanasi

  8. Ferozpur–Chandigarh Express (6 days a week)

  9. Guwahati–Naharlagun Intercity Express (Daily)

  10. Guwahati–Murkongselek Intercity Express (Daily)

  11. Gorakhpur–Anand Vihar Express (Weekly)

  12. Hapa–Bilaspur Express (Weekly) via Nagpur

  13. Hazur Saheb Nanded–Bikaner Express (Weekly)

  14. Indore–Jammu Tawi Express (Weekly)

  15. Kamakhya–Katra Express (Weekly) via Darbhanga

  16. Kanpur–Jammu Tawi Express (Bi­weekly)

  17. Lokmanya Tilak(T)–Azamgarh Express(Weekly)

  18. Mumbai_Kazipeth Express (Weekly) via Balharshah

  19. Mumbai–Palitana Express (Weekly)

  20. New Delhi ­Bhatinda Shatabdi Express (Bi­weekly)

  21. New Delhi–Varanasi Express (Daily)

  22. Paradeep–Howrah Express (Weekly)

  23. Paradeep–Visakhapatnam Express (Weekly)

  24. Rajkot–Rewa Express (Weekly)

  25. Ramnagar–Agra Express (Weekly)

  26. Tatanagar Baiyyappanahali (Bengaluru) Express (Weekly)

  27. Visakhapatnam–Chennai Express (Weekly)

Passenger Trains

  1. Bikaner–Rewari Passenger (Daily)

  2. Dharwad–Dandeli Passenger (Daily)via Alnavar

  3. Gorakhpur–Nautanwa Passenger (Daily)

  4. Guwahati–Mendipathar Passenger (Daily)

  5. Hatia–Rourkela Passenger

  6. Byndoor–Kasaragod Passenger (Daily)

  7. Rangapara North–Rangiya Passenger (Daily)

  8. Yesvantpur–Tumkur Passenger (Daily)

MEMU services

  1. Bengaluru –Ramanagaram 6 days a week (3Pairs)

  2. Palwal–Delhi–Aligarh

DEMU services

  1. Bengaluru –Neelmangala (Daily)

  2. Chhapra–Manduadih (6days a week)via Ballia

  3. Baramula–Banihal (Daily)

  4. Sambalpur–Rourkela (6 days a week)

  5. Yesvantpur Hosur (6 days a week)


  1. 22409/ 22410 Anand Vihar Sasaram Garib Rath Express to Gaya

  2. 12455/ 12456 Delhi Sarai Rohilla Sriganganagar Express to Bikaner

  3. 15231/ 15232 Gondia Muzaffarpur Express to Barauni

  4. 12001/ 12002 New Delhi Bhopal Shatabdi Express to Habibganj

  5. 54602 Ludhiana–Hissar Passenger to Sadulpur

  6. 55007/ 55008 Sonpur–Kaptanganj Passenger to Gorakhpur

  7. 55072/ 55073 Gorakhpur–Thawe Passenger toSiwan

  8. 63237/ 63238Buxar–Mughalsarai MEMU toVaranasi

  9. 63208/ 63211Jhajha–PatnaMEMUtoJasidih

  10. 64221/ 64222LucknowHardoi MEMU to Shahjahan pur

  11. 68002/ 68007Howrah–Belda MEMU to Jaleswar


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