GUWAHATI, Jan 23 - The Railway authorities have beefed up security in trains and railway installations in view of the forthcoming Republic Day celebrations.
North-East Frontier Railway (NFR) officials said that additional forces have been deployed at railway sites, and coordination with State governments in the region has been intensified to ensure that no untoward incident takes place in the run-up to the Republic Day.
�Checking at running trains, platforms and other railway installations and properties have been intensified. The RPF and GRP have been deployed at sensitive spots and round-the-clock surveillance is being maintained,� NFR PRO Nripen Bhattacharya said today.
He added that dog squads have been deployed and patrolling at railway tracks has been intensified.
�At many railway stations, including Guwahati, CCTV monitoring is being carried out constantly. Metal detectors and baggage scanners are also in use,� Bhattacharya said.
Calling upon rail commuters and the general public to be sensitive to security needs, Bhattacharya said that if any suspicious or unattended baggage is noticed, people should immediately contact the RPF and GRP personnel.
The NFR PRO, however, said that train services would operate as per schedule. �So far, we have not received any information from the State governments concerned in the region about specific threat to the law-and-order situation. So regular rail services will continue in the run-up to and on the Republic Day,� Bhattacharya said.
Meanwhile, the NFR has also made arrangements to celebrate the Republic Day on January 26.
�We will organise a central event at the Railway Stadium in Maligaon where the General Manager of the NFR will hoist the Tricolour. Events will be held at the divisional level also where the respective Divisional Railway Managers will unfurl the National Flag,� Bhattacharya said.