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Railway Police


Name Rank Contact Details Photograph
Shri Vinaytosh Mishra, IPS I.G. of Police,Railways, Odisha, Cuttack 0671-2306615 (O)
0671-2648015 (FAX)


Shri Sanjay Kumar Kaushal,IPS S.R.P. Cuttack 0671-2443982 (O)
0671-2443982 (FAX)

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Shri Karam Sey Kawar,OPS-I S.R.P. Rourkela 0661-2600216 (O)
0661-2600216 (FAX)

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Policing of Railways

In the Indian system of policing of Railways, there are two agencies working side by side. The Government Railway Police (G.R.P) or the Railway Police as it is called in some States, is responsible for the maintenance of law and order and detection and investigation of crime on the Railways. The Watch and Ward functions and investigations of some categories of crime concerning railway property are the concern of another organization called the Railway Protection Force (R.P.F). The G.R.P is an integral part of the State Police Organization.The R.P.F is a Central organization directly under the Railway Administration. Although in India the Railways are organized on an all-India basis, there is no Central Organization for policing it. In most other countries of the world, however, policing or Railways including watch and ward is the responsibility for integrated police organizations working under the administration responsible for operating the Railways.

Government Railway Police (G.R.P)

The existing system in India is founded on one of the recommendations of the Railway Police Committee of 1921 which, in common with the Indian Police Commission of 1902-03, favoured what they called the "provincial" system.

After Independence of the country, the Indian Constitution endorsed this system by which a police force, which forms part of the State's Police, exists for the entire railways net work within the limits of a State.

In the scheme of administration in India, Crime and Law & Order, are the responsibility of each state and it was thought that a departure from this principle in the case of the railway police, would greatly weaken the co-operation between that force and the district police which, it was strongly argued, was essential for efficiency in police work.

There is no standard practice as to the jurisdiction of the G.R.P in some States, it is confined to areas in which the actual operations of the railway are carried on. Thus the G.R.P takes cognizance of all crimes which occur on the Railway between the two distant signals and also of crimes which occur in the running trains. Crimes occurring on the railway line beyond the two distant signals is the responsibility of the district police.

In some other State, the jurisdiction of the G.R.P extends to the entire limits of the railway premises which would include the Railway Station and the railway track up to the limits of the fencing on both sides of it. The District Magistrate, however, retains full jurisdiction over the entire railway system falling within his district and irrespective of whether a crime is investigated by the district police or the G.R.P, magisterial cognizance is taken in the court of the district in which the scene of crime falls. The entire area falling within the jurisdiction of the G.R.P is divided into police circles each under a Police Station, same as in the case of district police. The smallest unit of police administration here also is the Police Station.

Police Stations are mostly located at important Railway Stations and those of them which have a wide jurisdiction may have under them one or more Police Outposts. Like the district police, the railway Police Station is also under the charge of an Inspector or senior Sub-Inspector called the Station House Officer. He would be assisted by one or more Sub-Inspectors and Assistant Sub-Inspector depending on the volume of work and importance of the Police Station. The cost of the G.R.P is shared between the State Government and the Railway Administration. The G.R.P staff is divided into Crime Wing and Order Wing. The State Government pays for the Crime Wing and the cost of the Order Wing is met by the Railway Administration. Crime Wing constitutes all the staff deputed for prevention and detection of crime, which would include investigation work, surveillance, patrolling and prosecution of cases.

The police employed for platform duties, traffic control and watching booking officers etc. come under the Order Wing. The Railway Administration also pays for the extra police employed for checking of ticketless travel and for any additional deployments made at the time of fairs and festivals to control the increased traffic passengers.

For the efficient working of G.R.P. it is essential that it maintains the best of relations with the Railway Administration on one side and the district police on the other. It has to depend on the Railway Administration for buildings and many other facilities. In control of Crime and maintenance of Order at the Railway premises, help and co-operation of the railway staff is of vital importance. Co-operation with the district police is also very important for the success of the G.R.P. as it is much depend on the district police for control of Railway crime.

The criminals operating on the railways live in the jurisdiction of the district police, and so is the case with all the receivers of stolen property. The G.R.P depends on the district police for surveillance over them. Any connivance with or even indifference towards them on the part of the district police, can make task of the G.R.P extremely difficult. For arrests, raids on their hideouts and searches of their premises, the help of the district police is sought.

The Railway Police Range Office,Odisha was created in the year 1982. The jurisdiction of this Range is spread over about 2831 Kms. (Cuttack 831 Kms. + Rourkela 2000 Kms.) under three railway zones namely South Eastern Railway, Garden Reach, Kolkata, East Coast Railway, Chandrasekharpur, Bhubaneswar and South East Central Railway, Bilaspur. In the meanwhile, some new railway lines (516 Kms.) have come up and few railway lines are under construction. The man power strength of the districts are 828 since its creations. Recently, Commandant General, Home Guards, Odisha, Cuttack allotted 170 Home Guards to man the increasing work load of few G.R.P.Ss in view of large number of new trains introduced and huge volume of passengers.

Recently, as per orders of W &C.D. Deptt., Govt. of Odisha communicated vide resolution No. 22171 dated:21.12.2009.An Integrated Anti Human Trafficking Cell is operationalised in this office by way of redistribution of man power drafted from both the GRP Districts with telephone –cum- fax No.0671 2306203.

There are two districts namely Cuttack GRP district with its Hdqrs. at Cuttack and Rourkela GRP District with its Hdqrs. at Rourkela.


Cuttack GRP District is also having two divisions namely Cuttack & Khurda

In Cuttack Zone there are three GRPs & six GROP are functioning. In Khorda Zone there are three GRPs & five GROP are functioning


Name of Dist. SDRPOs OFFICE Name of the GRPS Name of the GROPs
GRP Dist. Cuttack SDRPO Cuttack Zone Cuttack GRPS Talcher GROP
Paradeep GROP
Baranga GROP
Bhadrak GRPS Jajpur GROP
Balasore GRPS Jaleswar GROP
Baripada GROP
SDRPO Khurda Rd. Zone Bhubaneswar GRPS Mancheswar GROP
Khurda Rd. GRPS Sakhigopal GROP
Nirakarpur GROP
Berhampur GRPS Paralakhemundi GROP


The following cases are the achievements of the Govt. Railway Police of the G.R.P. district Cuttack

Bhubaneswar GRPS case No. 11 dt. 16.01.13 u/s 366 (A) IPC/ 14 Child Labour (P & R) Act 1986/ 23 J.J. (Care and Protection) Act (SR-01/2013). In this case 14 girls including 6 minor girls were rescued by the staff of GRPS Bhubaneswar and have been handed to their guardians.

Cuttack GRPS case No. 10 dt. 24.01.13 u/s 395 IPC (SR-02/2013). In this case 12 accused persons have been arrested and forwarded to Jail custody being involved in the dacoity case and recovered looted property worth of Rs. 3,22,000/-.

Bhubaneswar GRPS case No. 43 dt. 04.04.13 u/s 379/328/307/34 IPC (SR-05/2013). In this case THE I.O. of BBSR GRPS has forwarded 5 accused persons to jail custody, 3 are yet to be arrested and seized almost all stolen articles of the Complt. conducting a raid at Salia sahi, Bhubaneswar. The case is under investigation.

Bhubaneswar GRPS case No. 47 dt. 08.04.13 u/s 328/308/379/511/34 IPC (SR-07/2013). In this case 5 drug admitting accused persons have been arrested and forwarded to the Court in custody.

Bhubaneswar GRPS case No. 87 dt. 03.07.13 u/s 325/326/307/302 IPC (SR-13/2013). In this case the accused person Moon Baruah committed murder of Malaya Ketan Pradhan and severely injured another Rly. employee Ram Nandan Pandit. During investigation the accused was promptly arrested and forwarded to the court and the injured Ram Nandan Pandit was shifted to Appolo Hospital by GRP, who could heal up.

Moreover, the GRP district Cuttack has introduced Train Guard and Mobile Out Post duty in running trains for which crime in running trains have been reduced to a considerable extent.


The GRP Rourkela District has got two railway divisions stationed at Jharsuguda and Rayagada.

In Jharsuguda Zone there are five numbers of GRPS are functioning & in Rayagada Zone there are three GRPs are functioning. GRP Dist Rourkela came into existence in the year 1983. At present it encompass 12 Revenue Districts of the State & spread over 2000 Kms on rails under four Railway Divisions namely East-Coast Rlys, Sambalpur/Waltair, S.E Railways Chakradharpur, S.E.C. Rlys Bilaspur. The jurisdiction of the GRP Dist. Starting from Koraput to Mayurbhanj managed by 08 GRPs/04 OutPosts .

GRPSs OF GRP DIST. Rourkela.

Sl.No. Name of the GRPSs/O.Ps(SDPO)
1 DSRP Office JSG
2 Sambalpur GRPs
3 Jharsuguda GRPs
4 Bamara GROP
5 Rourkela GRPs
6 Rajgangpur GROP
7 Bahalada Road GROP
8 Bimlagarh GROP
9 Bondamunda GRPS
10 Bolangir GRPS
11 DSRP Office,RGDA (SDPO)
12 Titilagarh GRPS
13 Kantabanjhi GROP
14 Rayagada GRPS
15 Koraput GRPS
16 SRM Court KBJ.

The Railway Property (Unlawful possession) Act, 1966

Police Order 231 regarding The Railway Property (Unlawful possession) Act, 1966