With trains and railway stations becoming soft targets of ultras, the Railways will procure 3,000 AK-47 rifles for its security personnel to combat terror attacks.
"It has been decided in our meeting with the Home Ministry to procure AK-47 rifles for Railway Protection Force (RPF). We will purchase 3,000 such rifles in the first lot," a senior Railway Ministry official said.
Railway Ministry has allocated Rs 60.76 crores for procurement of modern security related equipment to be used by RPF.
Besides AK-47, the railways will also procure modern security gadgets, such as INSAS 5.56 mm rifles, SLR 7.62 mm, carbine 9 mm and auto 9 mm pistol.
"A training exercise is being carried out in Bahadurgarh for the RPF men to handle these latest weapons. The training module has been prepared keeping the changed security scenario in mind," said the official.
A committee comprising officers from railways, RPF, IB, CISF, Delhi Police and NSG was constituted by the Railway Ministry to formulate a composite security plan for the railways.
The committee has submitted its report and it has been approved by the ministry.
The recommendations of the committee are being implemented to strengthen the security system of railways, the official said.