Seven years after seven powerful bombs ripped through local trains on Western Railway on July 11, 2006, killing over 200 people, and especially after terror struck Bodhgaya temple four days ago, the railway police have beefed up security on suburban stations in Mumbai.
The railway police said they received the most recent security alert on July 3, which led to hastening the deployment of anti-sabotage commando teams, supervised by ex-servicemen, to secure the parking, parcel and dispatch areas on the stations.
Apart securing the railway premises with patrolling, checks by sniffer dogs and frisking the luggage, the government railway police (GRP) would also be conducting drills on stations to keep the personnel on their toes.
“To check the policemen’s alertness, we would flash a wireless message after sending a decoy on a station, who they would have to nab. We have also forwarded a proposal during a joint meeting with the railway protection force (RPF) for setting up watch towers at important stations for a bird's eye view on any suspicious activity. Our commandos would be deployed in 12-hour shifts to patrol the stations,” said B Shirsat, deputy commissioner of police, GRP.
Apart from the GRP commandos, the RPF has roped in ex-servicemen to bolster the station security apparatus.
“At least seven teams of retired servicemen have been formed. They would be deployed with the RPF teams on stations. Following the security alert and the recent explosions at Bihar, all measures are being taken to avoid any untoward incident,” said a RPF officer.
The RPF has also improved its strength of sniffer dogs to 34 from five, and has over 300 commandos armed with Insas and Kalashnikovs as part of the security cover for the stations in the Mumbai division.