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CISF ‘suicide watch’ team turn saviours for those without hope

Faizan Haidar, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, September 29, 2013
First Published: 02:29 IST(29/9/2013) | Last Updated: 02:32 IST(29/9/2013)

On the morning of March 28 this year, a security staff observing the CCTV footage in the control room spotted a teen suspiciously moving towards the end of the platform at Mayur Vihar Extension Metro station.

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He immediately informed his seniors and Metro staff rushed to stop the boy. The 18-year-old later told the security staff that he had had an argument with his parents and had come to the station to commit suicide.

The ‘suicide watch’ team of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) — incharge of metro security — has saved at least 12 people this year. In past few months, Delhi Metro has become sort of a ‘hot spot’ for those wanting to end their lives. The CISF has alerted its staff to keep a tab on the movement of suspicious passengers. On Wednesday, a mother-daughter duo was stopped just before they could jump in front of a train.

As a result, the number of people who attempted suicide this year (till August 30) has come down to 31 against 48 last year during the same period. “We have observed that most of the people wanting to commit suicide try to do that by jumping on the track. In 2012, of the 66 suicides and attempted suicide cases, 43 had jumped in front of the train. This prompted us to install cameras at the end of platforms and our staff keeps constant watch on passengers loitering on that side,” said a senior CISF official, requesting anonymity.

By August 30 this year, 31 people had attempted suicide of which 10 died while 21 were saved due to timely intervention by CISF staff. “Apart from saving those 12 people, we have also made sure those who have jumped and got injured get immediate help. Our analysis shows that we managed to save most of them,” the official added.

After 17 suicides and 49 attempted suicides last year, the CISF had asked the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation to install CCTV cameras at the end of the platforms. CISF staff at the control room closely monitor the camera feed just before the arrival of a train.


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