Railways ready to tackle extremist activities on tracks

Mughal Sarai (MGS): East Central Railway (ECR) is fully geared up to tackle extremists’ threat to railway tracks in the Maoist-dominated districts of Bihar, Mughalsarai DRM Vidya Bhushan said today. Admitting that extremists have several times in the past executed destructive plans, the Indian Railways are committed to stop the Naxal-nuisance on railway tracks. “We have made elaborate plan to prevent extemist activity on rail tracks”, he added.

He said in all stations falling under Mughalsarai division, night-patrolling of rail tracks by railway employees have been put in place. “At every railway station a keyman and a patrolling man regularly undertake patrolling of tracks. They have been given a special type of mobile phone and SIM card, free of network hassles”, Mr Bhushan added.

He noted that railwaymen on night patrol are in a position to communicate through SMS or voice log any kind of activity on railway tracks to their superiors. “Many a times we have been able to avert destructive activity on railway tracks on information provided by night patrol”, he stated.

Thanks to development of technology, now even the control room can get in touch with patrol persons whenever required, the DRM pointed out.

“One benefit of the system is that the railwaymen present at the nearest location can rush to the trouble spot and do the needful”, he added.