AHMEDABAD: The state CID (railways) has sent a proposal to the state home department for establishing a separate special operations group (SOG) for Ahmedabad division of the Government Railway Police (GRP). At the moment, a team of SOG is active for Vadodara division, said officials. After the nod, a 14-member team, headed by a police inspector-level official, will become active in 2013.
Talking about the move, a senior CID official said that earlier the state had only one division of GRP stationed at Vadodara. However, after the increase in jurisdiction and railway stations under purview, the division was divided into two with formation of Ahmedabad division in 2009. However, the SOG team remained at Vadodara. Today 250-personnel strong Ahmedabad GRP looks after north and central Gujarat whereas Vadodara division looks after Saurashtra and south Gujarat.
Deputy inspector general of police of CID (railways) R J Savani said that SOG had primary task of preventive action. “As the district-level SOGs are given task of keeping an eye on suspicious activities, regular checking of crucial establishments and conducting inquiries, the railway SOG will also perform the same tasks. As thousands travel by railways every day in the state, the transport’s security is of utmost importance,” he said.
The state government is giving the railways and railway station security top priority this year even as some of the stations such as Ahmedabad and Vadodara get facelift and the staff is equipped with modern gadgets for checking and surveillance. A plan to install CCTVs at the station to keep an eye on every part of the station is already pending with the state government.
A senior CID official added that the proposed teams, equipped with sniffer dogs and vehicles to carry out investigation, will also serve as tracking unit for the missing kids and persons. “It is very likely that the person who tries to flee from a place uses public transport such as state transport bus or trains. If we can up check the suspicious activities, the issue of missing persons can also be addressed,” said the official.