PATNA: East Central Railway (ECR)’s chief security commissioner Ravindra Verma held a meeting with divisional security commissioners at the ECR HQ at Hajipur on Friday and directed them to personally supervise security arrangements at the crowded stations in view of the Chhath rush.
According to ECR’s chief public relations officer Rajesh Kumar, a joint team of Railway protection Force (RPF) and its vigilance wings has been formed to check the activities of touts at stations. RPF’s vigilance sleuths have been deployed in mufti at the ticket reservation counters at Patna Junction, Muzaffarpur, Mughalsarai, Darbhanga, Samastipur and Sonepur for the purpose.
The ECR has also released a helpline number 155210 for people to register complaints about malpractices at the ticket reservation counters with the RPF.
According to Patna SRP (superintendent of railway police) Jitendra Mishra, Government Railway Police and RPF are coordinating with each other to maintain law and order on the railways’ premises. Patna Junction, Rajendra Nagar Terminal, Pataliputra Junction and Danapur station have been put under high surveillance and DSP-rank officers are camping at these stations, he said.
To stop miscreants from taking advantage of the Chhath rush, GRP and PRF men are making random check of passengers’ luggage at the entrance points at Patna Junction. Passengers are not being allowed to sit or stand on the foot overbridges so as to prevent jam, Mishra said, adding passengers could dial the GRP’s toll-free number 1512 and RPF’s toll-free number 182 for any assistance.
Mishra further said the dog and bomb squads are pressed into service before the departure of premier trains like Rajdhani Express and Sampoorna Kranti Express from Patna Junction. Passengers are being warned on the public address system not to accept eatables and tea from unknown persons, he said.
Sources said the ECR has directed its electricity department to ensure uninterrupted power supply to all major stations during the festival period.