LoL – the online slang term, short for laughing out loud, is widely used to express laughter in messages and emails. But for the Indian Railways, LoL means loss of life. At least that’s what a tweet from Western Railway (WR) suggests.
WR tweeted about the danger of crossing the railway and tweeted an image with LOL as the highlighted words. The L in the picture stands for Loss, O for Or and L again for Life.
“Your life is precious and much more important than time. Don’t endanger your life by treading the track. Western Railway calls on all passengers to refrain from trespassing and to use proper means to move from one platform to another. #SafetyFirst #TravelSafely,” WR tweeted. The image also contains a warning: entering prohibited areas is punishable under Article 147 of the Railways Act.
According to the publication of the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB)’s annual report in October 2021, more than 13,000 train accidents across the country killed nearly 12,000 train passengers last year. However, the NCRB report also found that of the 13,018 registered train accidents in 2020, a staggering 9,117 (70% of the total) occurred due to passengers falling off the train or en route while crossing the track.
Earlier this year, the Free Press Journal reported that 1,114 intruders have been killed in the suburbs of the Mumbai metropolitan region (MMR) in 2021. Citing sources, it said 164 trespassing deaths were reported between Kalyan-Kasara/Badlapur section, 133 in Thane section – between Mulund and Mumbra and 107 in the Kurla section of the Central Railway. The report further claimed that Borivli saw the maximum number of fatalities in the western line – 111.
Indian Railways continues to post messages on its social media platform asking passengers not to cross the track.
HERE’S A LOOK AT SOME OF THEM:
Do not enter the track. It may be dangerous.
Use a pedestrian bridge or a subway to cross the track. pic.twitter.com/Ou8N5UDgUu
— Ministry of Railways (@RailMinIndia) 24 August 2021
Do not tread or walk on the track, it is dangerous for your life.
Stay alert, stay safe! pic.twitter.com/rdcP8t4LkB
— Ministry of Railways (@RailMinIndia) August 8, 2020
Violation is dangerous and punishable.
— Western Rail (@WesternRly) August 20, 2021
Your life is precious.
Do not cross the track, even if you are late.
Use FOBs, elevators and escalators for safety and convenience. pic.twitter.com/1RgOGtZwww
— Ministry of Railways (@RailMinIndia) August 12, 2021
Life is precious! Do not tread on tracks!! Trains are faster than they look!!! pic.twitter.com/VzNQPfUVIV
— Southern Rail (@GMSRailway) October 22, 2018
Trains are faster than they look!
Life is a precious gift!
Don’t endanger it by treading on tracks in unauthorized places. pic.twitter.com/b3PY7CfA1o
— Ministry of Railways (@RailMinIndia) September 29, 2021
Entering the premises is dangerous and it is also a criminal offence. It can lead to injuries or fatalities.
Commuters are advised not to enter and use FOBs, escalators, stairs and ROBs. pic.twitter.com/9e8aIOi0bY
— Ministry of Railways (@RailMinIndia) February 16, 2021
As a tweet from the Ministry of Railways said: “Trains are faster than they look! Life is a precious gift! Don’t endanger it by treading on tracks in unauthorized places.”
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