GUWAHATI, Oct 14 - In view of the forthcoming Durga Puja celebrations and the yesterday�s bomb blast in the city, the railway authorities have stepped up security arrangements in the greater Guwahati region as well as in the rest of the State.
Nripen Bhattacharya, Public Relations Officer of NF Railway (NFR), said that night patrolling to check the railway tracks in the greater Guwahati area was started yesterday by the Railway Protection Force (RPF).
�Track patrolling is conducted on a routine basis by the railway staff. But, since yesterday, the RPF has also started night patrolling along the tracks in Guwahati and nearby areas,� Bhattacharya said.
RPF has deployed uniformed and plainclothes personnel in Guwahati and all other major stations across the region.
�They are not only monitoring the platforms but also the nearby areas. A dog squad has been deployed at the Guwahati Railway Station. Checking at the gates has been beefed up at all railway stations. We don�t want to take any chances and so security has been heightened,� he said, adding all the big stations like Guwahati, Dibrugarh and Tinsukia are under constant CCTV surveillance.
At the Guwahati station, there are 36 CCTV cameras. RPF monitors 24 of those, while the remaining 12 are monitored by the Government Railway Police (GRP).
Bhattacharya said flying squads of RPF are always present at all the long-distance trains. �In case any person notices a suspicious baggage or individual, he or she should either immediately alert a railway personnel or dial the RPF toll-free number 182,� said the NFR PRO.