GRP requests Western Railway for more CCTV cameras at Mumbai stations

The Government Railway Police (GRP) on Tuesday sent a letter to the general manager of the Western Railway (WR) asking them to put up CCTV cameras at strategic points covering the entire platform at all stations.

The move came after the lone camera — at the Borivli end of platform number 1 at Marine Lines — failed to cover the attacker entering the first class coach in which 24-yearold US national Michelle Mark was targeted.

GRP officials said that only one uni-directional camera was seen near the women’s coach that the unidentified person entered, but the camera was turned towards its right to focus on the entry and exit points of the platform.

“GRP personnel are generally deployed near the foot over bridges and the entry/exit points. Even on the day of the incident, our staff was at the Churchgate end of the platform. If the camera would have covered the attacker, there would have been better clarity on his looks,” said Eknath Jadhav, senior inspector of Churchgate GRP.

Meanwhile, officials detained two persons from Tardeo and were interrogating them.

The police added that they had rounded up over 20 others for questioning, but let them off earlier in the day.

Police said they are mainly covering pockets of Grant Road, Tardeo and Mumbai Central, areas frequented by drug addicts. (HT)