The railway police are a worried lot. After three bodies were found in their jurisdiction, they have been ordered to increase patrolling, especially during nights.
In the past three months, bodies have been found at Sandhurst Road railway station, Dadar station and recently in the luggage compartment of a local train at Churchgate.
“Patrolling the area has always been a part of our job, but now it will have to be made more stringent since the railway premises are proving to be the most sought after place by criminals,” said a senior railway police officer on condition of anonymity.
The railway police and the railway protection force will also keep a close eye on the yards where the trains go for maintenance work. The police suspect that the body found on Monday may have been dumped in the train while it was stationed at the yard.
“The yard is looked after by the railway protection force. But from now on the government railway police will chip in to stop miscreants from using the empty trains for criminal activities,” said Dilip Chauhan, assistant commissioner of police, railway crime.
Another railway officer said patrolling was lax during the night as train run empty or with few passengers. “Hence most criminals tend to commit offences during nights and early hours of morning. And due to lax security, criminals get an opportunity to misuse the railway premises,” said another senior officer.
Another problem that the railway police are facing is lack of CCTV cameras. Many of the CCTV cameras installed at the stations are either non-functional or not installed in crucial spots.