September 23, 2017

Serious action for stone-throwing at MR trains promised by authorities

Myanma Railway announces that those who throw stones at trains will get five-to-ten-year imprisonments. Photo: Phoe Khwar
Myanma Railway announces that those who throw stones at trains will get five-to-ten-year imprisonments. Photo: Phoe Khwar

STONE-throwing at Yangon circular and suburban trains will have serious action taken according to an announcement released by Myanma Railway under the Ministry of Transport and Communication.
If people care caught throwing stones at the trains, they will be given five-to-ten-year imprisonment terms and will also be fined under sections 79/B and 84 of the Myanma Railway law.
There were seven cases of stone-throwing at trains across Myanmar including the Yangon circular and suburban trains in 2015. Over this year stone-throwing occurred at Thamine Myothit station on 9 January, between Thiri Myaing station and Kamayut station on 24 March, at Pazundaung station on 30 March, at Mahlwagon station on 22 April and Paywetseikkon station on 5 July respectively, according to the announcement.
Myanma Railway authorities met on 2 August in the living room of Thingangyun station to discuss how to mitigate stone-throwing cases so that the authorities could ensure the security of the passengers on board. U Kyaw Soe Lin, operation department manager of Myanma Railway, township authorities and locals attended this meeting.
Locals suggested posting warning signs at ward administration offices, said U Kyaw Soe Lin.—Soe Win (MLA)

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