As many as 41,596 train passengers have died in the country over the past decade without any train accidents. More than 2,580 passengers died when they got stuck between the train and the platform. In other words, on average, more than 250 passengers per year die between the train and the platform. Meanwhile, there are more than just deaths after falling from moving trains. During that time, 39,015 passengers died as a result of falls from trains. As a result, 10 railway passengers per day die falling from moving trains.
The report, which contains key figures on the country’s train operations, was presented in Parliament on Thursday by the chairman of Parliament’s Standing Committee on Transport and Tourism. In the report to the Committee on Railway Safety (CRS), the rail agency revealed 2,581 passengers died between 2012 and 2021 after falling through gaps between trains and platforms. A maximum of 399 passengers died in 2016, while 352 and 349 passengers were trapped in the void in 2013 and 2014, respectively.
Likewise, from 2012 to 2021, 39,015 passengers died due to falls from moving trains. In 2016, up to 5,070 passengers fell to their deaths from moving trains. In 2015 and 2014, 4,979 and 4,892 people died from train falls, respectively. The Committee was informed that the Government Railway Police (GRP) registers FIRs against the railway sector for cases of unnatural death on railway tracks and railway premises under Article 174 of the CrPC.
The railways told a parliamentary committee that the lives of passengers were saved through timely actions by Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel at various stations. In 2021, the Patriotic Front’s vigilant subordinates saved the lives of 601 passengers.