Jamshedpur , Sept, 23: South Eastern Railway (SER) has decided to provide enhanced security cover for the long distance trains, especially the travelling during night through various stations of Chakradharpur division. The decision has been taken in view of festive season.
Moreover, the Chakradharpur railway division has decided to add more passenger amenities in important railway stations keeping in view the festivals ahead.
Sources in railway police informed that escorts will be increased in important night trains including Howrah-Pune Azad Hind Express, Mumbai Mail, Howrah-LTT Jnaneshwari Express and Howrah-Hatia Express between October 5 and 11.
” We want to ensure safe journey during the festive season. During a recent meeting we decided to increase escorts on night trains during the festive days in order to avoid any untoward incidents. The Railway Protection Force and Railway Protection Security Force have been asked to be extra vigil.
They have been asked to get hold of suspected passengers on moving trains and on the platforms,” said S N Jha, officer-in-charge of Government Railway Police.
For checking petty crimes like pick pockets and snatching, plainclothes policemen will be deployed at Tatanagar ( A1 category railway station), Rourkela and Chakradharpur ( both A-category railway stations).
” We have issued important instructions all over. We will also closely monitor movement of passengers in CCTV cameras installed at Tatanagar railway station, which witnesses the largest footfall of passengers compared to other stations under Chakradharpur division. We also appeal to passengers to register their security related complaints at 182, the universal number, so that we can act fast,” said Jha.
Several important trains travel via Tatanagar, including the high-profile Rajdhani Express and Duronto Express. The station sees a daily traffic of 90 mail, express and passenger trains, besides a footfall of more than 60,000 passengers.
The stretch between Tatanagar and Kharagpur which falls under both Chakradharpur and Kharagpur railway divisions is considered vulnerable from rebel point of view.
Notably, that stretch had earlier witnessed two rebel-sponsored attack on trains- Jnaneshwari Express( May, 2010) and Rajdhani Express ( November, 2009 ). Incidents of damaging fish plates by the rebels were also reported in the past.