1.7L theft cases reported in the last 10 years: Railway ministry
Responding to an RTI query, the Railways Ministry said that a total of 1.71 lakh cases of theft were registered by railway passengers between 2009 and 2018. According to the data, from 2009 to 2018, the cases of theft have seen a five-fold increase. The highest number of cases in the past decade were reported in 2018, at 36,584. The cases of theft have reached the highest mark of 36,584 in 2018 in the past one decade.
"Policing on railways being a state subject, prevention of crime, registration of cases, their investigation and maintenance of law and order in railway premises as well as on running trains is the statutory responsibility of the state governments, which they discharge through the Government Railway Police (GRP)," it said.
Giving the breakup, the ministry said a total of 33,044 such cases were registered in 2017 as against 22,106 in 2016 and 19,215 in 2015. As many as 14,301 cases were registered in 2014, 12,261 in 2013, 9,292 in 2012, 9,653 in 2011, 7,549 in 2010 and 7,010 in 2009.