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.
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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.
Ahmedabad–Darbhanga Jansadharan Express via Surat
Jaynagar–Mumbai Jansadharan Express
Mumbai–Gorakhpur Jansadharan Express
Saharasa–Anand Vihar Jansadharan Express via Motihari
Saharasa–Amritsar Jansadharan Express
Mumbai Central–New Delhi Premium AC Express
Shalimar–Chennai Premium AC Express
Secunderabad- Hazrat Nizamuddin Premium AC Express
Jaipur–Madurai Premium Express
Kamakhya–Bengaluru Premium Express
Vijayawada New Delhi AP Express (Daily)
Ahmedabad–Patna Express (Weekly) via Varanasi
Ahmedabad Chennai Express (Biweekly) via Vasai Road
Bengaluru –Mangalore Express (Daily)
Bengaluru –Shimoga Express (Biweekly)
Bandra(T)–Jaipur Express (Weekly)Via Nagda,Kota
Chhapra–Lucknow Express (Tri weekly)viaBallia,Ghazipur,Varanasi
Ferozpur–Chandigarh Express (6 days a week)
Guwahati–Naharlagun Intercity Express (Daily)
Guwahati–Murkongselek Intercity Express (Daily)
Gorakhpur–Anand Vihar Express (Weekly)
Hapa–Bilaspur Express (Weekly) via Nagpur
Hazur Saheb Nanded–Bikaner Express (Weekly)
Indore–Jammu Tawi Express (Weekly)
Kamakhya–Katra Express (Weekly) via Darbhanga
Kanpur–Jammu Tawi Express (Biweekly)
Lokmanya Tilak(T)–Azamgarh Express(Weekly)
Mumbai_Kazipeth Express (Weekly) via Balharshah
Mumbai–Palitana Express (Weekly)
New Delhi Bhatinda Shatabdi Express (Biweekly)
New Delhi–Varanasi Express (Daily)
Paradeep–Howrah Express (Weekly)
Paradeep–Visakhapatnam Express (Weekly)
Rajkot–Rewa Express (Weekly)
Ramnagar–Agra Express (Weekly)
Tatanagar Baiyyappanahali (Bengaluru) Express (Weekly)
Visakhapatnam–Chennai Express (Weekly)
Bikaner–Rewari Passenger (Daily)
Dharwad–Dandeli Passenger (Daily)via Alnavar
Gorakhpur–Nautanwa Passenger (Daily)
Guwahati–Mendipathar Passenger (Daily)
Byndoor–Kasaragod Passenger (Daily)
Rangapara North–Rangiya Passenger (Daily)
Yesvantpur–Tumkur Passenger (Daily)
Bengaluru –Ramanagaram 6 days a week (3Pairs)
Bengaluru –Neelmangala (Daily)
Chhapra–Manduadih (6days a week)via Ballia
Sambalpur–Rourkela (6 days a week)
Yesvantpur Hosur (6 days a week)
EXTENSION OF RUN OF EXISTING TRAINS
22409/ 22410 Anand Vihar Sasaram Garib Rath Express to Gaya
12455/ 12456 Delhi Sarai Rohilla Sriganganagar Express to Bikaner
15231/ 15232 Gondia Muzaffarpur Express to Barauni
12001/ 12002 New Delhi Bhopal Shatabdi Express to Habibganj
54602 Ludhiana–Hissar Passenger to Sadulpur
55007/ 55008 Sonpur–Kaptanganj Passenger to Gorakhpur
55072/ 55073 Gorakhpur–Thawe Passenger toSiwan
63237/ 63238Buxar–Mughalsarai MEMU toVaranasi
64221/ 64222LucknowHardoi MEMU to Shahjahan pur
68002/ 68007Howrah–Belda MEMU to Jaleswar