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In run-up to I-Day, security beefed up in train stations

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Aug 11 - Security at all major train stations in the region has been beefed up by Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) in view of the forthcoming Independence Day celebrations.

�Co-ordination meeting with Government Railway Police (GRP), local police and intelligence agencies have been increased. Instructions have already been issued to remain alert. All major stations are being guarded by respective State police personnel and other security agencies,� said Pranav Jyoti Sharma, Chief Public Relations Officer (CPRO) of NFR.

He said that Guwahati is the largest railway station of the North East with a footfall of 40,000 people every day and more than 30 pairs of trains pass through this station daily.

�Hence, security of this station is of paramount importance. A quick reaction team comprising fully armed Railway Protection Special Force (RPSF), along with Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel under one officer has been on shift duty at the station. About 30 GRP personnel are also helping in maintaining security of the station in each shift,� Sharma said.

He said among other measures, track patrolling in vulnerable stretches and sections by motor trolleys or on foot by GRP, RPF and Railway staff have been undertaken at various places.

�Random frisking of passengers and luggage with the help of hand-held metal detectors and baggage scanners is being carried out. Anti-sabotage checking with the help of sniffer dogs at stations, trains and platforms is being undertaken. Security of railway stations, especially entry and exit areas, are being monitored to control the access. Round- the-clock monitoring by CCTV of all vulnerable areas is also being done,� said the official.

He added that important mail, express and passenger trains are being escorted by RPF/RPSF or GRP on random basis.

�Gazetted officers are conducting night checking at stations and yards. Instructions have been issued to the concerned departments to frequently check the dustbins, cloak rooms, parcels and parking area. Interactive sessions with the coolies, vendors, taxi drivers and autorickshaw drivers have been organised in order to brief them to keep watch over suspicious persons and articles. Frequent announcements through public announcement systems are also being made to create security alertness among the passengers,� said Sharma.

New train: In the meantime, NFR has decided to introduce an intercity special train between Dekargaon (Tezpur) and Dibrugarh with effect from August 19 on an experimental basis for a period of six months.

Nripen Bhattacharya, Public Relations Officer (PRO) of NFR, said that the train will run via the Bogibeel Bridge and is intended to serve commuters of Upper Assam and the North Bank areas.

The train will run on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays on both ways. It will comprise of 11 coaches. The special train will have stoppages at Rangapara North, Balipara, Biswanath Chariali, Helem, Gohpur, Tatibahar, Harmuti, North Lakhimpur, Gogamukh, Dhemaji, New Sisiborgaon, Tangani and Dhamalgaon, Bhattacharya added.

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In run-up to I-Day, security beefed up in train stations

GUWAHATI, Aug 11 - Security at all major train stations in the region has been beefed up by Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) in view of the forthcoming Independence Day celebrations.

�Co-ordination meeting with Government Railway Police (GRP), local police and intelligence agencies have been increased. Instructions have already been issued to remain alert. All major stations are being guarded by respective State police personnel and other security agencies,� said Pranav Jyoti Sharma, Chief Public Relations Officer (CPRO) of NFR.

He said that Guwahati is the largest railway station of the North East with a footfall of 40,000 people every day and more than 30 pairs of trains pass through this station daily.

�Hence, security of this station is of paramount importance. A quick reaction team comprising fully armed Railway Protection Special Force (RPSF), along with Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel under one officer has been on shift duty at the station. About 30 GRP personnel are also helping in maintaining security of the station in each shift,� Sharma said.

He said among other measures, track patrolling in vulnerable stretches and sections by motor trolleys or on foot by GRP, RPF and Railway staff have been undertaken at various places.

�Random frisking of passengers and luggage with the help of hand-held metal detectors and baggage scanners is being carried out. Anti-sabotage checking with the help of sniffer dogs at stations, trains and platforms is being undertaken. Security of railway stations, especially entry and exit areas, are being monitored to control the access. Round- the-clock monitoring by CCTV of all vulnerable areas is also being done,� said the official.

He added that important mail, express and passenger trains are being escorted by RPF/RPSF or GRP on random basis.

�Gazetted officers are conducting night checking at stations and yards. Instructions have been issued to the concerned departments to frequently check the dustbins, cloak rooms, parcels and parking area. Interactive sessions with the coolies, vendors, taxi drivers and autorickshaw drivers have been organised in order to brief them to keep watch over suspicious persons and articles. Frequent announcements through public announcement systems are also being made to create security alertness among the passengers,� said Sharma.

New train: In the meantime, NFR has decided to introduce an intercity special train between Dekargaon (Tezpur) and Dibrugarh with effect from August 19 on an experimental basis for a period of six months.

Nripen Bhattacharya, Public Relations Officer (PRO) of NFR, said that the train will run via the Bogibeel Bridge and is intended to serve commuters of Upper Assam and the North Bank areas.

The train will run on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays on both ways. It will comprise of 11 coaches. The special train will have stoppages at Rangapara North, Balipara, Biswanath Chariali, Helem, Gohpur, Tatibahar, Harmuti, North Lakhimpur, Gogamukh, Dhemaji, New Sisiborgaon, Tangani and Dhamalgaon, Bhattacharya added.