BHUBANESWAR, DEC 5
The Railway authorities are mulling installing close circuit TV cameras in major trains in a bid to ensure safety and security of passengers.
The CCTV cameras will also be installed at multiple locations in all the stations across Odisha, informed ADG Railways and Coastal Security, Pranabindu Acharya said after a state-level security committee meeting on Railways today.
Several Railway Protection Force (RPF) officials of three railway divisions- South Eastern, Eastern and South Eastern Central Railways and Intelligence SPs attended the state-level security committee meeting which was chaired by Odisha Police DG, RP Sharma.
He said Government Railway Police (GRP) and RPF officials will shortly conduct an assessment to ascertain the requirement of CCTV cameras so as to cover maximum entry and exit points at railway stations under their respective jurisdictions across the State.
“Various issues including passenger security were discussed at the meeting and it has been decided to install CCTV cameras in all stations in Odisha and in some major trains also,” said the ADG.
He said a proposal will soon be sent to State government to bring new railway lines including Talcher-Sambalpur, Rayagada-Koraput and Khurda-Nayagarh under the jurisdiction of Government Railway Police (GRP).
According to sources, all the defunct baggage scanners, including those in Bhubaneswar station, will be repaired soon and new ones installed at the earliest.
The luggage scanner at Rourkela Railway Station will be made operational within seven days, Acharya added.
The meeting also discussed several other important issues including expediting investigation into several pending cases, initiating criminal cases against those indulging in ransacking of railway property and staging rail roko agitations in the State.
It was also decided to create a WhatsApp group which will include both GRP and RPF staff under administration of SRP Rourkela and SRP Cuttack to share intelligence relating to transportation of narcotic drugs and psychotic substance, unauthorised transportation of live stocks, human trafficking, transportation of valuable metals like gold, silver etc. as well as any crime and Law and Order situation.
Details of the case related to Rail Roko which are now being registered by the RPF should be shared with the concerned GRPSs.
Emphasis was given on deployment of train guards’ duty in various crime prone night plying trains and supply of CUG mobiles to train guard personnel. During any bandh call, given by the agitators, joint efforts to be taken by all the stake holders i.e. GRP, RPF and Railway Authority to diffuse the situation well in advance.
Orientation training shall be given to both RPF and GRP personnel to deal with LWE activities.