"Around 2.7 crore to 3 crore people travel in the Indian Railways system on a day-to-day basis. Different types of crimes are committed by anti-social elements," Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said at the Eastern Railway headquarter here.

"It is a big challenge to deal with crime in railway properties," the minister said adding tracking and preventing crime was very important. "Women's safety has become very important, they are subjected to atrocities in different places like work place, home and during travel," Prabhu said.

The basic functionality of R-Mitra (Railway Mobile Instant Tracking Response and Assistance) is to alert the nearest RPF inspector and divisional security control room in case of any emergency with the press of a button only.

Eastern Railway general manager R K Gupta said, "Once the button on the app is pressed, the physical location of the victim will be sent to the control room with the help of GPS and GPRS and the control room will track the user and ensure action immediately."

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