ECR beefs up security for upcoming Durga Puja, Diwali and Chhath festivals

Patna (PNBE): The East Central Railway (ECR) has beefed up security measures on running trains as well as on railway premises in view of the likely rush of passengers during Durga Puja, Diwali and Chhath festivals. A decision to this effect was taken at a high-level meeting of RPF and GRP officials of Bihar held recently.

According to ECR CPRO Arvind Rajak, RPF and GRP have jointly worked out a plan to provide security umbrella at all vulnerable stations. Women will be given more security cover under the plan. Incidents like dacoity, loot, snatching, luggage lifting and drug menace are rampant during these festivals. The joint security surveillance by RPF and GRP would keep a close tab on miscreants under all five divisions of the ECR, he said.

Superintendent of railway police (SRP), Patna, Upendra Kumar Sinha said about 100 GRP personnel have been drafted to Delhi to escort Bihar-bound trains from Delhi till Kanpur in mufti (civilian dress) to keep a close watch on miscreants. Handbills are also being distributed among passengers to create awareness about the drug menace, besides using posters and making announcement on public address system, he said. The SRP said the special escort drive would continue till Chhath festival.

Patna district administration has deployed about 500 homeguard jawans at all vulnerable stations falling under the ECR’s five divisions. This is in addition to regular deployment of RPF and RPSF personnel at major stations of ECR. Railway security personnel and GRP have launched a round-the-clock monitoring of security measures on railway platforms and running trains under the ECR, the SRP said.

The GRP has issued a directive to all its major posts to set up a separate control room to ensure passengers’ security on running trains as well as check nuisance on railway platforms during festivals. At Patna Junction, the GRP personnel have been carrying out random luggage check of passengers. Suspects are being frisked, Sinha said, adding CCTV cameras are being used round the clock at Patna Junction to keep a tab on miscreants.