Maoist threat: Railways beefs up security

PATNA: Railways has beefed up security under the five divisions of East Central Railway (ECR) keeping in view the Maoists threat to railway property. Additional RPF and RPSF personnel have been deployed at vulnerable places and railway installations under the ECR since May 17, said ECR CPRO Neeraj Ambastha.

According to Ambastha, security has also been beefed up at all major stations. Sniffer dogs are being used on important long-distance trains originating from different places under the ECR, he said.

Railways has also increased security measures on the vulnerable Grand Chord (GC) in Dhanbad-Mughalsarai, Patna-Gaya and Jhajha-Kiul sections. Guards and drivers have been put on high alert. They have been asked to inform the ECR control room at Hajipur immediately in case of anything suspicious found on tracks. Besides, a team of railway safety officials have been counselling guards and drivers to remain extra vigilant while on duty, particularly during night, he said.

According to sources, railway security personnel have been alerted at vulnerable stations. In view of movement of passengers in large numbers, railways has deployed additional force at all major stations, including Patna Junction. RPF and RPSF personnel have been deployed at vantage points to check any untoward incident on railway platforms at all vulnerable places, sources said.

Security has been beefed up at Mughalsarai, Gaya, Dhanbad, Muzaffarpur, Samastipur, Darbhanga, Barauni, Raxaul, Bettiah, Motihari and Dhanbad. Round-the-clock patrolling is being carried out on railway tracks and bridges as precautionary measures, the CPRO said, adding that railway stations located at vulnerable places have been brought under adequate security cover following May 17 night incidents in which tracks were uprooted on the Grand Cord between Dhanbad and Gaya due to a powerful blast.

Premier trains like Rajdhani Express, Sampoorna Kranti Express, Jan Shatabdi Express and a few others originating from Indo-Nepal border areas are being thoroughly checked by security personnel to ensure foolproof security to passengers on running trains, sources said. Besides, CCTV cameras have been made functional at all major stations from security point of view. The Patna-Gaya, Dhanbad-Mughalsarai via Gaya and Patna-Jhajha routes and all major stations in north Bihar have been brought under heavy security cover, the CPRO said.

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