No security check at Junction
RAILWAY AUTHORITIES are yet to wake up and take steps at Junction Station in view of intelligence reports about terrorist threat across the country, even as the security has been beefed up at sensitive places in the city and elsewhere on the eve of Independence Day.india Updated: Aug 15, 2006 18:24 IST
RAILWAY AUTHORITIES are yet to wake up and take steps at Junction Station in view of intelligence reports about terrorist threat across the country, even as the security has been beefed up at sensitive places in the city and elsewhere on the eve of Independence Day.
The casual style of working of railway officials shows that they are unconcerned about the security of rail passengers and visitors at the Allahabad Junction Railway station.
When HT Allahabad Live team visited the Junction Station at about 1 pm on Monday there was neither ticket checking nor security check at the entrance gates on both the sides. One could easily check in and check out without having a proper ticket.
Not only this, no security personnel were found deployed on the platforms at the station, to ensure security of the passengers and the visitors. And even where a few of them were seen on duty, they were found loitering in a casual manner.
They appeared disinterested in checking as to who is moving inside the station.
"In view of threat perception in the country, time demands that the security should be tightened at the station, where thousands of people visit daily", said Tanmay, a regular passenger, waiting for the train at Allahabad Junction platform.
Let us not forget that Allahabad city is considered as one of the sensitive places and better security arrangements should be made to avoid any mishap as occurred in Varanasi and Mumbai, he added.
However, on being contacted to comment on the issue, Senior Divisional Security Commissioner, RPF, Sunil Kumar Singh said, "All the incharges have been asked to remain at their respective headquarters. Besides, shift and batch incharges have been asked to take round in their jurisdiction area. And the staff members have been alerted against any suspicious article found at the station."
First Published: Aug 15, 2006 18:24 IST