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Flash mob-style: Mumbai cops to now board trains, frisk commuters, alight in 10 minutes

At least eight trains will be checked on Mumbai’s central and western lines every day between 11 am and 5 pm.

mumbai Updated: Aug 14, 2017 10:21 IST
Megha Sood
Megha Sood
Hindustan Times
Mumbai police,Mumbai crime,terror attack
The ladies’ compartment will be checked by women police personnel.(HT File)

If a flash mob isn’t something you associate with the police, prepare to be pleasantly surprised. Inspired by flash mobs, the Government Railway Police (GRP) has formed a team of 75 officers, who will conduct security checks on local trains in a synchronised manner.

They will board the train together at a specific station, frisk suspicious commuters, check bags and then alight at the next station – all this in a span of a few minutes.

At least eight trains will be checked on the central and western lines every day between 11 am and 5 pm.

“To safeguard against the possibility of a sudden terror strike, we will carry out these surprise checks,” said Machindra Chavan, assistant commissioner of police (ACP), Chhtrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, adding that only the assistant and deputy commissioners of police (DCP) will know the exact time and place where the checks will to be carried out. They will inform their officers, who will get 20 minutes to assemble and start the check.

Teams will consist of three police inspectors, the ACP, DCP, assistant police inspectors and constables. The ladies’ compartment will be checked by women police personnel.

First Published: Aug 14, 2017 09:51 IST