RAIPUR: “Trains from the entire nation pass through Chhattisgarh. Hence, the protection of passengers and railway property is joint responsibility of the State Police and Railway Protection Force (RPF),” Director General of Police (DGP) A N Upadhyay stated while chairing the Chhattisgarh State Railway Protection Committee meeting at Police Head Quarters (PHQ) on Saturday.
DGP Upadhyay while laying impetus on enhanced coordination between police units of the bordering states and other stakeholders said that the protection of passengers is the most important subject for the State Police and RPF. Railway infrastructures are expanding in Chhattisgarh and works on new rail corridors have begun. The ‘Rawghat’ rail project is also heading towards completion. Extension of railway facilities will play a pivotal role in the progress of the state. DGP directed for recruitment on vacant posts of Government Railway Police (GRP) and setting up of child care centres.
Special invitee, Additional Director General (ADG- Planning & Provisioning/ CCTNS) RK Vij gave assurance of all possible assistance on part of State Police. He asked Dantewada Superintendent of Police (SP) to temporarily provide the barrack to RPF Company and directed the RPF to install CCTV cameras with Face Recognition Feature at all important stations and link them up with the local police stations.
ADG Vij also suggested for preparing software to trace stolen mobile phones and to prevent the mobile theft. ADG, Rail and Traffic TJ Langkumer directed for making sufficient arrangements to curb parcel theft and safety of passengers in SOP. Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Anand Chhabra gave detail description of the security resources arranged for protection of Rawghat Railway line. SP In-charge Railways Girijashankar Jaiswal gave power point presentation on measures to prevent crimes in railways.
Meanwhile, sources told The Hitavada that ADG Vij, during the meeting, asked the RPF as well as GRP to ensure optimum access of Chhattisgarh police website, which has state-of-art technology to locate the stolen mobile phones as well as keep them under surveillance. This facility has been made available under the Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and System (CCTNS) of Government of India, the sources said while referring ADG Vij directives.
The railway routes of Mumbai-Howrah, East Coast lines and Rajnandgaon-Gadhchiroli are hot routes for Naxal movements. Instructions were given for prompt deployment of the Special Forces earmarked for RPF to step up the security in these notorious routes. Chief Safety Commissioner RPF, Bilaspur R S Chauhan, Chief Safety Commissioner RPF Bhubaneshwar Atul Pathak and Railway Police Director General Cuttack admired Chhattisgarh Police for cooperation and coordination. ADG Intelligence Ashok Juneja and Joint Director (Intelligence Bureau) Jaideep Singh also put their suggestions in the meeting.