RPF: Operation “NARCOS”

The Railway Protection Force (RPF) recently recovered narcotics products of worth Rs. 7.40 Crore under its “Operation NARCOS”.

What is Operation NARCOS?

  • The RPF launched the operation NARCOS in the month of June 2022, for bringing attention to menace of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances.
  • It was a month-long pan India drive, launched against smuggling of narcotics through rail.
  • RPF, in coordination with the Narcotics Control Bureau, intensified its checks in trains and at identified black spots across the country. Other law Enforcement Agencies were also a part of operation, in a bid to target drug peddlers involved in illegal trade of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substance.

About Railway Protection Force

The Railway Protection Force is an Armed Force of Union of India. It is a security force under Indian Railways of Ministry of Railways. Its history dates back to 1882, when several railway companies appointed their own guards, to protect railway property. It was declared a statutory force in 1957 through an act of parliament and in 1985 it was declared an Armed Force of the Union of India.

Initiatives undertaken by RPF

Over time, RFF has undertaken and launched several initiatives for the security of railways. Some of the initiatives include:

1.   Operation AAHT

Under Operation AAHT, special teams are deployed on all long-distance routes or trains. The team focuses on rescuing victims, especially women and children, from traffickers.

2.   Operation Yatri Surakhsha

Under “Operation Yatri Surakhsha”, RPF supports state police to fight against passenger crime.

3.   Meri Saheli Initiative

Meri Saheli Initiative was launched to focus on safety of women passengers. It was launched in 2020, as a pilot project in South Eastern Railway. Later, it was extended to all zones.

4.   Operation Nanhe Farishte

Operation Nanhe Farishte was launched to save children who are abandoned and found alone at railway stations. Till date, 1,045 children have been saved.

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