The massive security drill that was conducted at Churchgate on Sunday and Monday could become a serious law and order problem and it is not practically possible to continue such checks in the given infrastructure facilities, says a confidential note submitted by the six-member security committee on the drill. Further checks scheduled at Churchgate and Mumbai CST now stand abandoned.
The committee was one which had planned the entire drill following the insistence of the state government.
The note was signed by five of the six members, including senior divisional security commissioners of CR and WR, the divisional railway managers of both the railways and the senior commandant of Central Industrial Security Force, who was a consultant to the entire drill. The sixth member government railway police commissioner, however, had not signed the note.
But if this has failed, what is the practical way for security 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. Moreover, law and order has been a state subject and there should be more intelligence gathering and use of hi-tech technology to nab miscreants before such attacks are conceived, explosives are made and planted,” a senior WR security officer, said.