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Patil blames railways for 'inadequate' security

Patil, who also holds the home portfolio, said railway officials had agreed to install metal detectors at stations to beef up security.

india Updated: Jul 12, 2006 21:29 IST

Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister RR Patil on Wednesday said security in the city's suburban trains, which is the responsibility of the Centre, was inadequate and the state government was willing to take up the job if the Centre agreed.

"As per the present norms, it is the responsibility of the railway security force of the central government to check passengers and articles in trains," Patil told the state assembly while replying to a debate on an adjournment notice on Tuesday's terrorist attacks on suburban trains.

Patil, who also holds the home portfolio, said railway officials had, during a meeting with the state chief secretary, agreed to install metal detectors at stations to beef up security.

"Random frisking and checking using hand-held detectors would also be carried out," he said.

"The central government should increase the strength of the railway security force in view of Tuesday's blasts," Patil said. "The state government is willing to foot the necessary expenses."

Patil said the state government was also willing to take up "total responsibility" of railway security in Mumbai.

Immediately after the blasts, the Anti-Terrorist Squad had registered seven cases and formed 16 probe teams, Patil said.

Patil said the state government had agreed to hand over security of airports and ports in Mumbai to the central government, as the city police did not have adequate manpower.

"But the infrastructure of the Central agencies engaged in security of these installations is poorer than that of the state government," he said.

Over 55,000 posts of constables needed to be created, and recruitment for 11,000 posts had been initiated recently.

"We have not been able to provide uniforms to police for the last three years for want of funds. I had to beg before industrialists for getting raincoats for the police," he said.

The state government will approach the Chief Justice and urge him to expedite the verdict in the 1993 serial blasts case, Patil said.

"The case is with the CBI," he said, adding that the deposition of evidence was completed over three years ago.

Patil said the construction of a police station in Bhiwandi will commence after eight days if those opposing it are not able to furnish proof regarding ownership claims of the plot on which it is being built.

Referring to the demand for action against "illegal" madrasas by MLAs Eknath Khadse and Devendra Pahdnavis (both BJP), Patil said action would be taken wherever anything objectionable is found.

"If information regarding hiding of arms and ammunition in places of religious worship is substantiated, we will search these places," he said.