Anticipating terrorist attacks during Independence Day celebrations on August 15, railway stations are stepping up their security.
Northern Railway general manager SK Budhalakoti reviewed the security arrangements and ordered some beef-up measures.
They include the deployment of more Railway Protection Special Force members (a special unit of the RPF), around 500 more for Delhi alone; intensive checking of luggage through baggage scanners installed at major stations; constant monitoring of sensitive points through CCTV cameras; checking at door frame metal detectors for scanning passengers; deployment of bomb disposal squads; and sniffer dogs at stations.
There will be two dog squads each at New Delhi, Old Delhi, Hazrat Nizamuddin and Anand Vihar stations for random checking on trains.
“Besides men in uniform, plain-clothed officials have also been deployed at sensitive points,” said a Northern Railways spokesman.
In order to prevent security slip-ups, platform tickets will not be sold from August 13 to 15 to reduce the number of people gathering on platforms.
Joint teams of the railway vigilance and commercial staff have been deployed for ticket checking. “Special instructions have been given to the staff not to allow passengers to sit on overbridges and staircases at railway stations,” the spokesman said.
There will be no trains between Old Delhi station and Delhi Shahdara from 6.00 am to 8.30 am on August 15.
The Government Railway Police (GRP) in Haryana have alerted the state police after it received a Lashker-e-Taiba letter threatening to blow up some vital installations including some religious places and railway stations of Delhi, UP and Haryana on August 15.
“Railway station officers gave us the letter immediately after they received it by post and we registered a case,” said Lalit Kumar, SHO, GRP, Panipat.