Railways deploy 300 GRP personnel to man 7 stations ahead of Modi’s visit

Agra: With more than one lakh people expected arrive at Farah in Mathura district to attend PM Narendra Modi’s rally on May 25, Government Railway Police (GRP) have deployed more than 300 cops on seven stations and railway routes identified as ‘highly critical’.

Two special squads comprising 24 men and women cops and two quick reactions teams with anti-riot equipment and video cameras along with one Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) company is going to guard the railways to avoid any kind of mishap during Modi’s visit.

Speaking to TOI, SSP, GRP, Agra division, said, “Since nearly one lakh BJP supporters are expected to attend PM Modi’s rally at Deendayal dham of Nagla chandrabhan area of Farah, we have formed special squads of men and women, who will keep a hawk eye on the moment at Farah station and have installed CCTV cameras at Mathura station to keep tab on any suspicious movement.

“Considering the enormity of crowd, we have deployed two quick reaction teams who will respond in case of a stampede or any kind of terror attack,” he said.

“Though most of the supporters are expected to arrive in hired private buses at the venue, we expect the trains will be jam packed when BJP supporters start returning home, therefore members of one PAC company has been deployed at Mathura, Farah, Kosi Kalan, Raja Ki Mandi, Agra Cantt, Agra Fort, Idagh and Tundla stations,” he added.

Though the SSP, railway, would be in constant touch with his men from Agra, a circle officer-level cop has been made in-charge at Mathura Junction to coordinate and instruct GRP, RPF (Railway Protection Force) and PAC men, to maintain law and order at stations and nearby railway tracks.

Massive security arrangements are being put in place by district administration and special protection guard at the ancestral village of Pt Deendayal Upadhyay. The air space of 10km has been declared as ‘no fly’ zone for three hours when Modi arrives.

For the last two days, members of SPG and RPF have been inspecting stations with sniffing dogs and metal detectors have been installed at railway stations.