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Police to frisk commuters at Churchgate today

In one of the biggest security drills in the city, the railways will frisk each and every person entering Churchgate station from Monday, reports Rajendra Aklekar.

india Updated: Nov 13, 2006 05:57 IST
Rajendra Aklekar
Rajendra Aklekar

In one of the biggest security drills in the city, the railways, in co-ordination with the state government, will frisk each and every person entering Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) and Churchgate stations, starting Monday.

"The drive is for the safety of commuters and will be conducted to check security preparedness," Raja Mangaonkar GRP Special Inspector-General told HT.

Initially, the drive was to be carried out on Tuesday and Wednesday at Churchgate station and on November 15 and 16 at CST during evening peak hours.

However, a test run was conducted at Churchgate station on Sunday evening, when it is less crowded, to give the police personnel a first-hand experience.

Hi-tech gadgets were also installed at Churchgate station on Sunday evening.

"The hi-tech security devices include 124 doorframe metal detectors, 80 hand-held metal detectors and 20 sets of walkie-talkies for both the drills," Western Railway's Chief Public Relations Officer Pranai Prabhakar told HT.

Beginning Monday, more than 200 Government Railway Police (GRP), 250 Railway Protection Force personnel and five to six sniffer dogs will be deployed at Churchgate station and CST.

The railways have taken up the drive following the insistence of state government officials. A high-level committee, comprising 11 top railway officials and seven state officials, decided to frisk between 850-1,050 commuters per minute with the help of hi-tech gadgets.

Post-July 11 serial blasts on suburban trains, which killed nearly 200 people and injured hundred, the authorities wanted to test their own preparedness to frisk at least one of every five commuters passing though the two terminuses.

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First Published: Nov 13, 2006 05:57 IST