Minister for Railways holds a video conference with the Director Generals and Commissioners of Police of all States/Union Territories. Suresh Prabhu eemphasizes the need for Sharing of Intelligence and urge for separate Forensic Science Lab for Indian Railways
NEW DELHI: Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has advocated for creation of a dedicated Railway Forensic Sciences, DNA Fingerprinting Research & Analysis Lab for scientific analysis of Railway accidents and ascertaining the causes of train mishaps in the country.
In the light of repeated incidents of placing obstruction on tracks and attempts of cutting of tracks by miscreants, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has emphasised the need for effective coordination among various security and law enforcement agencies involved in passenger safety and security.
In a video conference meeting with Director Generals or Commissioners of Police of all states and Union Territories, Prabhu advocated the setting up of a separate Forensic Sciences & Research Lab.
Suresh Prabhu emphasized for extensive cooperation and coordination among various agencies sharing intelligence inputs to ensure safe train operations. The Forensic sciences establishment should have multiple teams from various establishments on deputation covering the operational, environmental, geological, mechanical, information technology, communications. The experts for setting up of Railways Forensics Lab should comprise of teams from different organisations like Railways, Home Affairs, Army, Intelligence, Information Technology, Police the State Government departments. He instructed the Director General (Railways) to also take the help of CERT-IN for setting up the Lab.
Prabhu suggested felicitation of security personnel for their outstanding job done to prevent sabotage.
During the video conference, Minister of State for Home Affiars Hansraj Gangaram Ahir was also present along with senior railway and RPF officials.
Ahir in his address shared his concern on recent criminal activities on Railways resulting in ghastly accidents involving heavy loss of lives and advised state police and all other agencies to be careful about the designs of anti-national elements.
He also asked the state police to provide full cooperation to Railways.
RPF DG SK Bhagat highlighted major incidents of sabotage during 2015 and 2016 and expressed concern over the sharp increase in such cases during 2017.
The first two months have witnessed close to 20 such cases this year.
Bhagat also mentioned that three cases have been entrusted to NIA for investigation and one has been referred to CBI.
Member Staff Railway Board Shri Pradeep Kumar also addressed the genuine concerns of the State Police/GRP pertaining to the Railways.
DG, RPF Shri S.K.Bhagat in his welcome address highlighted major incidents of sabotage that occurred during the year 2015 and 2016 and expressed his concern over the sharp increase in such cases during the year 2017. He also mentioned that three cases have been entrusted to NIA for investigation and one case has been referred to CBI for investigation. All the participants of States and UT shared their expectations from Railways and also gave valuable suggestions to improve safety and security of Railways.
During the video conference, Shri Hansraj Gangaram Ahir, Minister of State for Home Affairs was also present. apart from Member Staff Railway Board Shri Pradeep Kumar, Member Traffic Railway Board Shri Mohd. Jamshed, other Railway Board Members, other senior officials of Railway Board, senior officers from Ministry of Home Affairs, RPF & Police who took part in the meeting.