1371 arrested for selling unauthorised packaged drinking water in trains

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New Delhi: As many as 1371 persons were arrested for selling unauthorised Packaged Drinking Water (PDW) and 69294 bottles were seized under ‘Operation Thirst’.

The railway protection force (RPF) launched ‘Operation Thirst’ on July 8 and 9 to curb the menace of unauthorized Packaged Drinking Water on Railway premises.

All major stations over Indian Railway were covered during the operation. All the Zonal Principal Chief Security Commissioners (PCSC) were asked to crackdown these unauthorised activities.

“During the drive, 1371 persons were arrested for selling packaged drinking water of unauthorised brands under different Sections of Railway Act. Total 69294 bottles of PDW have been seized. Total fine amount of Rs. 6,80,855/- have been realized from these offenders,” Ministry of Railways said.

“Four Pantry car managers involved in selling of the same were also arrested. Stalls on platforms were also found selling packaged drinking water bottle of brands which are not authorised by Railways,” the Ministry said in a statement.

“Further enquiry into these cases are being made to reach the origin of this activity and those found involved will be taken up accordingly. The special drive will be followed by continuous action by concerned PCSCs on this issue,” the statement added.

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