Cops face staff crunch at railway, Metro stations
A severe staff crunch has been mauling the police presence across the Capital's railway and Metro stations for more than two years as the Union home ministry sits on a crucial proposal, a recent survey by the Delhi Police has revealed, sources said.
For the past two and a half years, the Delhi Police has been juggling a thousand of its personnel from one railway or Metro station to another when, in fact, they need close to thrice that number to secure these transit points. These spots host lakhs of commuters on a daily basis, effectively.
"The current police deployment across eight Metro stations and five railway stations is less than one-third of what it should be," said a senior crime branch officer referring to the recent survey.
"While many of the newly-created Metro police stations have a fraction of the personnel needed, a few of these, like the Anand Vihar Metro station, for instance, don't have a single policeman."
Keeping this in mind, a proposal seeking the recruitment of 2,500 more personnel solely for deployment across Metro and railway stations was reiterated at a recent meeting. The proposal had first been sent to the Union home ministry in mid-2010.
Presently, the Delhi Metro Railway Police (DMRP), with its presence at eight ill-equipped Metro police stations, looks after 129 Metro stations across the 170-kilometre-long track of the Delhi Metro.
"There are just 205 policemen of varying ranks posted across these Metro police stations and are required to cater to around 20 lakh commuters on a daily basis. However, the Indian Railways see the deployment of around 600 personnel at five railway stations," the officer admitted.
The police said they are currently forced to seek manpower from local police stations located near a railway or Metro station to supplement deployment. Thus, leaving the police stations with less manpower if and when a contingency arises.
According to Delhi Police records, as many as 291 criminal cases were reported at its eight Metro police stations in 2012.
Over 10,000 commuters were fined for travelling in ladies coaches, more than 4,000 were detained for varying offences and a thousand commuters were fined for drunken travelling, at Metro stations.