Secunderabad (SC): P.K.Srivastava, General Manager/SCR chaired a high level security review and co-ordination meeting with the Chiefs of Government Railway Police(GRP) and Railway Protection Force (RPF) at Rail Nilayam, Secunderabad, today i.e. 18th December, 2013. Bhoobathi Babu, Additional DGP (GRP)/Andhra Pradesh; Srikantappa, DIG (GRP)/Karnataka; Bhaskaran, DIG(GRP)/Tamilnadu and Shashikanth Mane, SP(GRP)/Maharashtra, represented the GRP of the respective states falling under the jurisdiction of SCR at this meeting.
K.L.Pandey, Addl. General Manager, R.Pacharwal, Chief Security Commissioner, RPF/SCR, senior officials of RPF from the adjoining Zonal Railways and Principal heads of the departments of SCR participated in this high level meet. The Divisional Railway Managers and senior Security Commissioners of RPF from all the 6 Divisions of SCR also took part in the deliberations through video – conferencing.
P.K.Srivastava, General Manager, stressed the need for close co-ordination between GRP and RPF to prevent crime and strengthen security on Railway premises. Mutual sharing of key information on intelligence, investigation, detection and modus operandi of offenders in various crimes will enable the forces to effectively crack the cases, he emphasized. He stated that priority should be given for escorting of identified vulnerable trains by GRP/RPF to ensure security of passengers. Special focus should be accorded to meet the security needs of women commuters in MMTS trains in twin cities. Towards this, he directed the officials to act very tough on eve teasers, trespassers and unauthorized persons at stations. There is a need to be transparent in registering the cases of all genuine complainants and the cases should be taken to their logical conclusion so as to gain the confidence of the travelling public, he averred.
Bhoobathi Babu, ADGP/GRP/AP, in his address highlighted that in view of the present security scenario, access control at platforms and in trains should be given top priority so as to ensure undesirable elements are denied entry in to Railway premises. He called for stringent and effective checking of suspicious persons, luggage etc. on platforms and also at parking lots. A multi-pronged strategy should be followed to eliminate thefts of passenger belongings and other crimes in Railway premises, which involves spreading awareness among the passengers on the need to be alert during their journeys, he said.
It has been decided in the meeting that such co-ordination meetings between GRP and RPF should be held frequently at Divisional level also so as to share their experience/ inputs to tackle crimes in Railways in an efficient manner.
The meeting discussed in detail the measures to strengthen security such as registering complaints/appropriate co-ordination during investigations; joint escorting of express trains in crime prone sections; ways to weed out unauthorized persons from Railway stations; enhancing the CCTV surveillance; ensuring the identity of passengers who get reserved accommodation on-board the trains; curbing the menace of extortion by eunuchs and eve teasing in trains, and jointly conducting a thorough check of passengers and coaches at random etc.
Earlier, R.Pacharwal, Chief Security Commissioner, South Central Railway, detailed the present situation of crime in Railway premises and the various crime control measures being taken to prevent theft/robberies etc. in trains on SCR.