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Police on toes at railway station sans security equipment

Nidhi Bhanot , Hindustan Times  Ludhiana, November 10, 2012
First Published: 21:25 IST(10/11/2012) | Last Updated: 21:26 IST(10/11/2012)

The Railway Protection Force (RPF), Government Railway Police (GRP) and Civil Police of the area, under whose jurisdiction Ludhiana railway station falls, are keeping a vigil on the activities at the station. Luggage of passengers is being properly checked keeping in mind the heavy rush during the festival season. Also, surprise checks with dog squad are being done to avoid any untoward incident at the railway station and its surrounding areas.

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But to the apathy of the railway station there is no advanced security equipment with the RPF and GRP officials in order to avoid any kind of casualty other than manpower.

Moreover, manpower is not up to the level at the city railway station which is one of the biggest junctions in northern India, where around one-lakh passengers board trains daily.

Due to the staff shortage in the RPF and GRP, officials in both departments rue that they cannot make cops stand at every corner of the railway station just with a simple stick in the hand, which was enough to dealing with terrorist attacks.

They further rued that there were only two CCTV cameras for seven platforms, which too were just installed on platform number one.

Other than these CCTV cameras there is no equipment with the security personnel of the RPF and GRP to keep a check on the activities at the station, which also have a number of the non-official entry points on its outskirts.

In 2009, suspected terrorist Balbir Singh Bhootna was caught at the Ludhiana railway station with the help of a vendor and around 31 CCTV cameras were announced to be installed but nothing had been done till date. Moreover, after the Mumbai blasts it was announced in the railway budget that the main focus of railways would be on spending money on security purpose only, but looking at the poor infrastructure of the security it seems nothing is on the right track at the railway station in the city.

RPF Commandant Yashwant Singh and GRP SHO Gurnam Singh said they were doing their best to keep the passengers safe at the railway station in given force and infrastructure at the Ludhiana railway station.

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