The drugging takes place most commonly by adding sedatives to food items and drinks that are offered to passengers to victimize them of looting and other crimes.
Chief Security Commissioner Sanjay Kishore said, “in Northern Railway, 52 such drugging cases are reported in 2015 and 47 cases in 2016.”
He said generally east bound trains are the target of drugging gangs in the zone and some trans and stations have been identified as most vulnerable for drugging menace.
“The trains going towards eastern states like Bihar, Odisha and West Bengal are targeted by these unscrupulous elements,” he said and added “Some trains like Punjab Mail, Amrapali Express have been identified as vulnerable trains and stations, and special attention is being paid to these areas to avoid recurrence of such cases.”
Many measures have been taken by RPF to raise awareness and educate the passengers about this menace. Campaigns, posters and announcements are a routine at the stations in order to draw their attention to the dangers of practice.