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The Indian Railway Protection Force Service (IRPFS) is a security force, established by the Railway Protection Force Act, 1957; enacted by the Indian Parliament for "the better protection and security of railway property".

It has the power to search, arrest, investigate and prosecute, though the ultimate power rests in the hands of the Government Railway Police. The force is under the authority of the Indian Ministry of Railways.


The governance of RPF is based on the following relevant legislation, rules and directives.

  • Railway Protection Force Act, 1957
  • Railway Property (Unlawful Possession) Act, 1966
  • Railway Protection Force Rules, 1987 – Laid, by the central government, as per provisions under RPF Act, 1957.
  • Railway Protection Force Directives, 1987

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