BENGALURU: Two Railway Protection Force personnel of South Western Railway bagged national awards that were announced by the ministry of railways on Thursday.
Zina Pinto, a woman constable of Bengaluru division, received the award in women and child security category with a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh. RPF inspector Akhilesh Tiwari, also of Bengaluru division, received a cash prize of Rs 50,000 for detecting cybercriminals in the e-ticketing racket.
Pinto received ‘Mahila Ewam Bal Suraksha Padak’ for her efforts in ensuring women’s security and rescuing more than 35 children from traffickers. She also cracked two kidnap cases of minors.
“Apart from her scheduled duties, she dedicated herself to detection of crimes against women, theft of passengers’ belongings which enhanced women security. She also played a vital role as part of RPF’s women security teams called ‘Shakti’. Her dedicated efforts resulted in prevention and detection of many offences against women passengers, making their journey safe and secure,” said a senior RPF official.
“Tiwari received the railways ministry’s medal for detecting cybercriminals involved in the all-India e-ticketing racket and for the arrest of mastermind, Dubai-based Hamid Ashraf, which led to seizure of his properties worth crores of rupees in India,” said another official.
“Tiwari was also responsible for the arrest of Ghulam Mustafa, one of the heads of the illegal software network and responsible for handling technical operations of the module that affected IRCTC’s entire e-ticketing network. Due to his consistent efforts, more than 100 arrests were made during the crackdown on illegal e-ticketing business,” the official added.