High level inter-state security co-ordination meeting held at ER HQs

Kolkata
2 Feb 2018

A high-level co-ordination meeting was held at Eastern Railway headquarters on Friday wherein addl. director general of police of West Bengal, Jharkhand and Bihar participated with an aim to ensure passenger security.
Passenger security is one of the important priorities of the railways in general and Eastern Railway in particular, the meeting was held for better coordination between the Railway Protection Force (RPF) and the Government Railway Police (GRP). It may be mentioned here that GRPs are being controlled by the state police to see the law and order and other activities concerning to crime on railway tracks and at station premises. Addressing the senior rail police officials of government of West Bengal, Jharkhand and Bihar, Harindra Rao, general manager, Eastern Railway urged upon all the three state police chiefs to extend all cooperation and better co-ordination to ensure passenger security, which is one of the prime concerns and priorities of the railways in the present scenario.

General manager informed that encroachment in railways has become a matter of great concern resulting in loss of punctuality and lot of inconvenience to the passengers. He also said that railways are facing a lot of inconvenience when rail roko is being organized at various places over Eastern Railway for non-railway causes. He requested all the three state police chiefs to instruct their officials to cooperate and coordinate in checking the rail roko, which causes not only punctuality loss but also lot of problems to the passengers at large.
Regarding rail roko, Rao said that 71 incidents happened in Sealdah Division alone in 2017 and most of these incidents are having no connection with the railways even issues on petty local problems rail roko is being organized. Such rail roko on non-railway causes must be stopped and stringent action against the offenders may be initiated by the GRP and RPF in close coordination.
Rao also urged upon that major railway bridges and tracks at vulnerable points may be checked by the police and surprise patrolling should be organized in coordination with GRP and RPF.
He also laid lot of emphasis on the security of women passengers and other passengers in night times. He said that more high-resolution CCTV cameras will be installed in trains as well as station premises. This will surely help in minimizing any such criminal activities in the Railway premises.
Crowd management is also an important issue as number of passengers stays back at staircases, foot-over bridges and may cause in mishaps during rush hours. 
Rao indicated one incident of Kiul-Jamalpur section of Bihar which caused a lot of anxiety to Railways when a group of left-wing extremists set ablaze the signaling system of Masudan station and abducted two railway employees. With the help of Police administration of Bihar, the two employees were freed next day. These activities affect the morality of Railway employees.
The meeting was being coordinated by V. K. Dhaka, IG-cum-chief security commissioner, Eastern Railway, who highlighted the problem areas where RPF is facing difficulty due to the lack of coordination with the GRP. He requested that GRP should extend better cooperation to ensure passenger security. Amongst the others, Adhir Sharma, Addl. Director General (Rail, West Bengal), Ajay Kumar Singh, addl. director general of (Rail, Jharkhand) and other senior officers of GRP and RPF were present. It has been decided that coordination meeting should be held in every six months to sort out various issues concerning to both RPF and GRP. (EOIC)