Annoyed with frequent hoax calls and to make sure railway premises are safe and secure for commuters, the railway police have started checking platforms and trains with sniffer dogs since over two weeks.
The railway police have started conducting checks at three to four platforms in a day. For example, thorough checks were conducted at Bandra, Khar and Santacruz railway stations.
“Along with the local railway stations, we will be concentrating more on termini as these are more vulnerable. A daily check of the terminus premises is conducted to make sure there is no foul play,” said a senior railway police officer, requesting anonymity.
These are routine checks kick started on the instruction of the new railway police commissioner Prabhat Kumar.
“When the railway police receive a call informing them about a bomb planted in the railway premises, we know it is a hoax but we still have to conduct a thorough check. This scares the commuters but it is a part of our job,” said BV Dhopavkar, senior inspector of Bandra government railway police (GRP).
The decision to check the railway premises daily has been taken after the recent triple blasts on July 13 that rocked the city, added Dhopavkar.
The railway police and railway protection force (RPF) are using the dog squad for inspecting the area. The railway police have only one sniffer dog. However, they have recruited a few puppies that are currently being trained. The RPF has hired around 16 dogs from private agencies for inspection of the railway premises.
“The main purpose of the daily checks is to find suspicious baggage and to get numbers and addresses of suspicious persons as well as persons who help the railway police so that we can get in touch with them when needed,” added Dhopavkar.