Top Government Railway Police (GRP) officials, along with their counterparts in the Railway Protection Force (RPF) and the railway authorities, met the state home secretary on Monday and demanded immediate allotment of at least 1,000 police personnel for enhancing security in women’s coaches.
The step comes after the GRP came under severe criticism over the attempted murder and molestation of a 23-year-old nurse on a train on Saturday.
The meeting at Mantralaya was attended by the GRP commissioner along with the inspector of GRP’s women’s cell, and the proposal was tabled before home secretary Amitabh Rajan.
Citing severe personnel crunch, GRP made a request to RPF to also post their policemen in these coaches.
“At present, police personnel are deployed in two women’s coaches located in the north and south ends of the train. The middle women’s coach is left unmanned, which is considered to be major lacunae in the security arrangement. The requirement of policemen in these coaches is 936, but only 362 cops are deployed. Hence, we have asked RPF to chip in,” said a GRP officer.
RPF officials said they would look into the issue and would be able to provide at least 30% of the 574 policemen required.
GRP also wants over 200 home guards back, who were pulled out from its force and are now assisting RPF.
“The proposal has been made and we are awaiting the result,” said Mrudula Dighe, inspector and head of GRP’s women’s cell.
GRP officials said they have been writing to the top railway officials to provide them with more staff, and the last communication in this regard was on June 27, but nothing has come of it.
They said though the priority is to secure the women coaches first, they are also struggling to secure the platforms spaces outside the women coaches, as 1,272 policemen are required to cover all platforms on central and Western Railway; they have none at present.
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