Security threat: Police step up vigil to foil any incident
New Delhi: In a bid to increase the security in trains, Delhi Police have started patrolling the isolated areas where trains slow down while entering the national Capital. Police sources stated that the move came after the study done by police personnel on the crime pattern used by criminals who target trains.
Talking to Millennium Post, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Railways) Parwaiz Ahmed stated that as a part of crime controlling measure, they have deployed their police personnel in the areas which are abandoned and close to railway tracks where train generally get slow or stop due to operational reason while entering the Capital.
The national Capital has total 45 railway stations which are guarded by seven police stations of Delhi Police. Police sources told this newspaper that during the meeting based on railway security, the station house officers (SHO) told their senior police official that most of the crime took place when train get slow and some criminals took it as an opportunity to enter the bogies.
More than half a dozen areas have been identified by police which included Shivaji Bridge, Daya Basti where most of the crime took place.
"During the patrolling, we have busted a gang where the gang leader used small children for committing the crime in the trains," said a senior police official, adding that mainly in morning between 10-11 and in the evening around 6-7, gangs target trains.
For the police, the move was important as there was a threat perception for the 71st Independence Day and cops wanted not to leave any stone unturned in security arrangements.
Sources further claimed that police was also maintaining a vigil on the broken walls and other abandoned structures in the vicinity various Railway tracks and provided criminals a probable hideout during the night. With seven important stations in the Capital city, police have also heightened the security of small stations.
Talking much about I-Day security, DCP further stated that they have taken a meeting with porters, autos, cab drivers, etc. They were briefed about their role in maintaining safety and security in railway stations. "Meetings with them is helping us and whenever porters or a cab driver found any suspicious activity or person they report to police," said Ahmed.
Sources claimed that regular reports and meeting on security arrangements were been taken by a senior official.
The DCP also said that in maintaining proper security the cooperation of commuters was important.