DMRC tightens security after speculations of possible attacks
After the knife attack in London Metro, all such networks across the world have tightened their security to avoid any untoward events. So has the security at Delhi Metro been enhanced after a Parliamentary panel on Monday said that Delhi Metro is “vulnerable” to terror attacks.
Earlier, the Delhi government’s audit found that commuters can enter the Metro stations with their luggage and can easily move to the ticket counters without their baggage getting checked. Even the Metro parking premises are vulnerable where anyone can park their vehicles with explosive. Central Industrial Security Forces (CISF) personnel identified 34 people who were carrying illegal arms with them in Metro premises from January to October 2015. As many as 32 incidents of security breach were also reported when a person entered in the Metro premises from the exit area without security check.
The parking premises of Metro stations are venerable for any terror incident as anyone can bring explosives in their vehicles which can be a threat to the Metro premises. There are only parking attendants who just charge the money for parking, putting security concerns aside.
“A commuter can easily enter at any of the Metro station without security check. He/she can carry the prohibited items into the Metro premises and before the prior security clearing, the suspect person can carry out any possible terror attack,” said an official on the condition of anonymity.
Earlier, on October a 22-year-old man managed to sneak in with a gun into a platform and shot himself at the busy Rajiv Chowk station in Delhi which raised questions over security in Delhi Metro.