RPF steps up train vigil on ECR-Dhanbad

Dhanbad: Railway Protection Force (RPF) has embarked on a massive drive to tighten security on trains passing through Dhanbad.

The move comes after a number of robberies were reported on trains in the recent past and the arrest of a six-member drug-and-loot gang.

RPF personnel have begun giving safe travel tips to passengers, especially those travelling in general compartments, asking them to not accept eatables and prasad from unknown people and be cautious of fellow travellers.

The jawans are also recording videos and still photographs of passengers so that they can easily track down the gangs in case of any robbery.

Deputy commandant, RPF, Dhanbad unit, Shashi Kumar, who is leading the drive, said they were keeping a special watch on trains heading to Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Mumbai and New Delhi, which are boarded by businessmen and shopkeepers travelling with huge amounts of cash and other valuables.

Kumar has also directed patrolling RPF men to rein in drug-and-loot gangs operating in Mughalsarai-Gaya-Dhanbad-Asansol railway zone.

“We are talking to passengers individually, advising them to be alert during their journey. Such robbers often offer seats to passengers to strike a conversation, gain their trust and later rob them of their valuables,” Kumar told.

RPF guards have also been directed to keep a vigil on secluded railway platforms that become deserted at night.