The much-hyped security drill, which was conducted at Churchgate on Sunday and Monday, has been called off officially.
A confidential note submitted by the six-member security committee on the drill stated that such exercises could become a serious law and order problem and it is not practically possible to continue such checks in the given infrastructure facilities. Further checks scheduled at Churchgate and Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus have been cancelled.
The committee had planned the drill on the state government’s insistence.
The note was signed by five of the six members, including senior divisional security commissioners of Central Railway and Western Railway, the divisional railway managers of both railways and senior commandant of Central Industrial Security Force. The sixth member — government railway police commissioner — had not signed the note.
So how can security be stepped up at stations?
“The only practical solution is to conduct random checks of suspicious people and not harass everyone. The six-member security committee is working to find an answer to the problem and we are looking for options,” said senior WR security officer.
There should be more intelligence gathering and use of technology to nab miscreants before such attacks are conceived, the officer added.