Indore: Rs 30 lakh baggage scanners rusting at railway station

Indore: Security of city railway station is at the mercy of god. Recent terror-linked blasts at different railway stations failed to bring city railway authorities on its toes. Following the IS-backed terror blast in Bhopal-Ujjain passenger train on Tuesday, this correspondent took stock of security measures of the city railway station on Wednesday.

For security check, high precision X-ray baggage scanners were installed at the entry gates of platform number one and four but it is rusting since its installation. Though there are two each entry and exit gates, the exit gates are mostly used for entry as there is no security personnel to restrict entry. Door framed metal detector (DFMD) is installed at only one entry gate and there is no GRP personnel for security check. An average 50,000 railway passengers use this station daily.

Following the blast, a nationwide alert was sounded at all airports, railway stations and public places across the country. But no alertness was seen at the city railway station on Wednesday when this correspondent visited to take stock of security measures there. Government Railway Police (GRP) and Railway Protection Force (RPF) were in their usual working style as all the movements were unrestricted there.

Top Student Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) activists were nabbed from Indore and nearby regions exposing activities of terror groups in the region. On November 20 Indore-Patna train had also came under terror attack. Despite of all these incidents, security measures at the railway station were not heightened.

When this correspondent visited the place of baggage scanning at platform No 1 entry gage (close to parcel office), nobody was there. Same was the condition with another such machine installed at platform No 4 (Siyaganj side) entry gate (ticket booking counter side).

The machines were installed in April last year ahead of Ujjain Simhastha fair. These machines were used only during the fair. Same is the cases with DFMDs, which are installed at platform No 1, side by baggage scanner machine. There was no security personnel to attend.

One good thing is that all 52 cameras installed at different points of the railways station are in working condition and monitored by RPF. A control room was also set-up ahead of Simhastha fair.

Sorry state of island platform

Recently built island platform at Park Road is totally deprived of security measures like baggage scanner machine or DFMD. In fact, two three personnel of RPF can be seen patrolling there. But there is no police help desk, and the issue was being raised during inspection of then GM of WR GC Agrawal. There is movement of five pair of trains every day from this platform.

Only A grade station in Ratlam Division

The city railway station is only ‘A’ grade station of Ratlam Division as per revenue collection. Average daily movement of trains from the station is 32 pair every day, including Mail Express and DMU. According to official figures, average 50,000 passengers travel from the city railway station.

“Fundamentally baggage scanner machines are being manned by GRP, thus officer concerned can reply in better way. However, GRP and RPF both are conducting security check in trains with hand held devices and dog squad.” – Jitendra Kumar Jayant, PRO, Ratlam Division

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