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?Rlys worried about increasing crime

ROBBERIES ONBOARD trains like the recent incident in Pushpak Express is a new crime trend that is not only abominable, but extremely worrying, said the General Manager (GM) West Central Railway Maheep Kapur on Tuesday.

india Updated: Jan 04, 2006 16:09 IST

ROBBERIES ONBOARD trains like the recent incident in Pushpak Express is a new crime trend that is not only abominable, but extremely worrying, said the General Manager (GM) West Central Railway Maheep Kapur on Tuesday.

Kapur said the issue was being taken up at all relevant fora and deliberations were on with the State Government to ensure safe journey for passengers.

“Law-and-order is a State subject but we are holding meetings with the Government, home department and other related organs of the State in this regard,” he further said adding that ‘Incidents like the one on Pushpak Express happened in big cities, but have now occurred in running trains and we are all worried with such crimes’. Regarding the division of work between GRP and RPF, he said details were being sorted out.

On the risks to railway employees posed by dacoits, Kapur said he met Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in the morning and the latter has taken the issue very seriously.

On his daylong visit, WCR GM said developmental works had taken up speed after the formation of the zone—so much that the last couple of years have seen as many projects being cleared that could not be passed in several decades in the past.

He said the second entry at Habibganj railway station would start by July. However, on the question of more stoppages of fast trains at Habibganj, Kapur said there was no commercial justification right now but with expansion of the City more trains could be stopped at Habibganj.

He said that third line project was in its final stage and once the paperwork was finished it would be sent to the Railway Ministry.

Kapur paid courtesy calls to Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Chief Secretary Vijay Singh, DGP Swaraj Puri as well during the day.

Earlier, on his arrival Kapur inspected the Bhopal railway station and expressed his satisfaction at the cleanliness.

He inspected the platform, driver’s lobby, self-locker room, guard lobby et al. He said the conduct of railway employees should be such that passengers should have a better experience during travel as part of the touch-n-feel campaign of the railway.

Later in the day Kapur called a meeting of railway police officials to review the law-and-order situation in trains in the zone.

First Published: Jan 04, 2006 16:09 IST