High-level Meet on Safety and Security in Railways remain inconclusive

बंगलोरे Bangalore (SBC): A high-level meeting on safety in railways held here on Monday remained inconclusive. Discussions are slated to continue on Tuesday.  “We discussed issues related to security and safety aspects in railway system, especially crimes in railways and inter-state coordination on exchange of information regarding criminals. Discussion on concerns like terror threats to railway property and passengers will be held on Tuesday. The focus will be on increased role of the Railway Protection Force (RPF) in providing safety,” said M.N.Reddy, State Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order). Reddy held talks with Mythily Sharan Gupta, special DGP of RPF from Madhya Pradesh and other senior officers.

Reddy said the government railway police (GRP), deputed from state police, may increase its staff strength number of staff at the government railway police (GRP) deputed from the state police. “There needs be an additional superintendent of police to supervise the GRP. At present, there is just one SP for the entire state,” said railway police sources.

Tuesday’s meeting will look into RPF’s role in securing railway stations and property, apart from safety and security of passengers. “The RPF needs more trained staff to handle modern equipment being installed at railway stations,” sources said.

They cannot escape from their responsibility of securing railway stations,” those attending the meeting said.

Security meeting to check offences on trains held at Karur

करुर Karur:  A joint security meeting to check offences on board trains passing through Karur district was held at Karur junction on Monday. Presided over by the Superintendent of Police, Joshi Nirmal Kumar, the meeting was attended by the district police, Government Railway Police, and Railway Protection Force. The meeting discussed measures to thwart attempts by culprits to commit offences on trains. It was decided at the meeting to carry out open patrolling in areas identified as vulnerable and to engage local police in keeping vigil at those places where the Government Railway Police and Railway Protection personnel were not present.

In a related development, police personnel in Thanjavur district carried out surprise checks on Monday at different places in the town in the wake of the twin blasts on board Bangalore-Guwahati Express at Chennai Central Station, and the couple of robberies on board two express trains near Dharmapuri and Salem.

Split into teams, police personnel fanned out across the city conducting checks at lodges, vantage places, and at old and new bus stands.