As the number of accidents that occur on the railway tracks has always been a cause of great concern, the Western Railways in Mumbai have up come with a unique way to create awareness amongst the passengers by introducing a Yamraj on the tracks. The unique campaign was conducted at the Andheri, Malad, Mahim, Dadar and other stations of western railway. These kinds of accidents usually occur when the commuters in a hurry to catch the train cross the tracks without using the foot over bridges. Sometimes, the passengers do it to get on to another platform. Although a few people get lucky after crossing the tracks it is a fatal practice to do so as the train can anytime run over a person.
To prevent this from happening a man named Swapnil dressed as Yamraj - a character from Hindu mythology, who is also the god of death, chased the commuters crossing the tracks. Swapnil, while he was in his character grabbed the people and said, “I will take the people who cross tracks to hell”. After he caught hold of few people Swapnil continued his evil laughter by saying, “Yam hai hum”. This unique campaign was carried out with the help of Western Railways and Swapnil in the Mumbai city. The western railway in a tweet said, “This Yamraj keeps an eye on people and saves lives! As part of the campaign being run by @rpfwrbct (Western Railways) to make people aware of the dangers of crossing the tracks, they are being encouraged to use the bridge/subway to prevent passengers from crossing the tracks.”
"यह यमराज रखते हैं नजर और जान बचाते हैं"! पटरी पार करने के खतरों के प्रति लोगों को जागरूक करने के लिए @rpfwrbct द्वारा चलाए जा रहे अभियान के अंतर्गत यात्रियों को पटरी पार करने से रोकने के साथ ही उन्हें पुल/सबवे के उपयोग के लिए प्रेरित किया जा रहा है। pic.twitter.com/WxB7MTnrvc— Western Railway (@WesternRly) November 7, 2019
Similarly, the Ministry of Railway took to Twitter and said, “Do not cross the track illegally. It can be fatal. If you cross the track in an unauthorized way, then Yamraj is standing in front. In Mumbai, people are being made aware through the character of 'Yamraj' by RPF in association with RPF”.
अनाधिकृत रूप से पटरी पार ना करें, यह जानलेवा हो सकता है ।— Ministry of Railways (@RailMinIndia) November 7, 2019
अगर आप अनाधिकृत तरीक़े से पटरी को पार करते हैं तो सामने यमराज खड़े हैं ।
मुंबई में पश्चिम रेलवे द्वारा आरपीएफ के साथ मिलकर 'यमराज' के कैरेक्टर के माध्यम से लोगों को जागरूक किया जा रहा है। pic.twitter.com/UM5O5OYQIR
As per the available NCRB data from 2011 to 2015, the total number of the railways' accidents caused due to the crossing of railway tracks account to 10,717 deaths. The trend in the accident chart shows that the number dipped in the year 2012 and 2013, however, it again scaled up to a massive 2,575 in 2014. The National Crime Record Bureau is an Indian government agency responsible for collecting and analysing crime data as defined by the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Special and Local Laws (SLL).