Elections push Safety for a toss at Jalandhar railway station

जलंधर Jalandhar (JUC): As security becomes a prime concern in the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections, the Government Railway Police and Railway Protection Force (RPF) officials have turned a blind eye towards the safety of passengers at the city railway station.

While on the one hand, the administration is claiming to provide security to residents and commuters alike, the railway station officials are not bothered enough to pay attention in this regard.

Even as about 1 lakh passengers board different trains from the city railway station daily, there is no advanced security equipment with the RPF and GRP officials to avoid any kind of eventuality.

There are no proper security gadgets at their disposal and to add insult to the injury the on-duty personnel are found missing from their designated spots. Moreover, no check is carried at the entrance and exit points and the security staff barely bothers to check luggage of passengers. When visited the railway station no one was found manning the main entry points. There is only one doorframe metal detector (DFMD) machines and four handheld metal detectors which remain out of order.

Anil Kumar, a passenger, said as the station lacked proper security mechanism, anyone could enter without being frisked or noticed by the police.

A railway official said it was due to staff shortage with the RPF and GRP that had resulted in lax security arrangements.

In the wake of the Mumbai blasts, the Centre had announced special expenditure on security measures in its railway budget.

There is only one CCTV camera, which was recently installed on platform number-1, for five platforms.

RPF inspector AK Sharma said new CCTV cameras were being installed and the metal detectors were functioning.

GRP SHO Davinder Singh echoed similar views. “We are doing our best to provide safety to passengers on the railway station premises,” he added.