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‘Guarding every coach all the time is not possible’

mumbai Updated: Dec 05, 2011 02:14 IST
Mohamed Thaver
Mohamed Thaver
Hindustan Times
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Mahim Swamy, inspector general, railway protection force, Western Railway (WR), said the investigation into the rape case would reveal how the incident occured in a stationary railway rake at the Elphinstone Road railway yard, which is supposed to be guarded 24x7.
He, however, admitted it was not possible to man each and every coach in the yard. Excerpts from an interview...

How could the alleged incident occur in a stationary coach of a train near Dadar since it is supposed to be guarded?
I will have to find out whether the incident occured under our RPF, WR jurisdiction or that of the Government Reserve Police (GRP).

It is well under the RPF's jurisdiction. Do you agree that the alleged rape has exposed the lapse in policing on your part?
It is not possible to guard every single coach of a train all the time. However we will find out how the incident took place and, if there is any negligence on our part, we will rectify the same.

Will any action be taken to ensure such an incident does not occur again?
As of now, we will first wait for the investigation report and find if there were any loopholes and who was on duty at the time when the incident took place. Depending on findings, necessary action will be taken.