In the wake of the recent terror attack in Pathankot, the police have tightened security at sensitive points in the city, including the Metro stations at Vaishali and Kaushambi. From Monday, vehicles will not be allowed to stop in front of the Vaishali Metro station while unauthorised tempos and autorickshaws parked outside the Kaushambi Metro station will be removed.
“Barriers will be put outside the Vaishali Metro station from Monday and vehicles will not be allowed to stop outside the main entrance. Moreover, all beggars, autorickshaw drivers and street vendors will be prohibited from entering the Metro premises. In order to implement this, additional personnel of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) have been deployed outside the station,” said RC Srivastava, Vaishali Metro station in-charge.
The city police and CISF personnel will also conduct an anti-encroachment drive at the Kaushambi Metro station on Monday to remove tempos and autorickshaws parked at the entry and exit points of the station.
“Metro stations are highly sensitive spots because of the high footfall they receive every day. Security arrangements there have been tightened and cannot be compromised on,” said Atul Kumar Yadav, circle officer, Indirapuram police station.
An anti-encroachment drive was also conducted at Vaishali Metro station on Friday morning and all vendors at the front and back entrances of the station were removed. In the one-and-a-half-hour drive, police and CISF personnel also removed autos and tempos parked outside the main road in front of the station.
In the past three months, several vendors and street hawkers had set up shops at the main entry of the station, leading to congestion and giving rise to a security threat.
“The city police are on high alert after the Pathankot attack. The encroachments were removed as they posed a major security threat to the station. We have seized items of 16 street vendors and hawkers while all others have been removed from the station,” said Yadav.
Yadav said that in order to prevent vendors from setting up shops at the station again, personnel from the Vaishali police post and CISF have been deployed at the entry and exit points of the station.