Currently, smoking cigarettes in trains is an offense under Section 167 of the Railways Act. A fellow passenger took photos and videos of the youths, showing them lighting cigarettes and smoking, much to the annoyance of others. The passenger also shared that the youth did not stop smoking and abused others when they objected to their actions.
Twitter user Manish Jain took to the microblogging site and tagged the official account of the Indian Railway Catering. And Tourism Corporation Limited along with the official account of the Ministry of Railways. “Passengers lighting cigarettes in front of children, senior citizens and everyone is abusing them when they stop,” he alleged. Take action as soon as possible.”
Railway Seva replied to his tweet saying, ‘Sir, we request you to share your journey details (PNR/UTS No.) and mobile number with us through DM. You can report your concerns directly at http://railmadad.indianrailways.gov.in or dial 139 for quick redressal.”
Minutes after the railway service’s tweet, a Twitter user reported that an RPF personnel came to Bandikui station. And warned passengers not to smoke on trains.
Meanwhile, the incident has sparked outrage among Twitter users who have called for strict action against smokers on trains. One user wrote, “These passengers must be arrested for endangering many lives and public property.” Another praised the Indian Railways for its swift redressal of passenger complaints. He wrote, ‘Digital is India’s strength. Thank you Indian Railways.”
Section 167 of the Railway Act stipulates that whoever smokes in a compartment despite the prohibition or objection of a fellow passenger shall be fined up to ₹100.