Audit conducted post Pulwama attack reveals Delhi railway stations not safe

New Delhi: Serious lapses in the existing security infrastructure have been revealed in Delhi’s 45 railway stations in a security audit conducted by the Government Railway Police (GRP) in the wake of Pulwama attack to check preparedness against the possibilities of a terror attack.

The audit report points out that while 11 railway stations in the national capital do not have passenger bag scanners, four others do not even have boundary walls to stop the trespassing.

The report mentions that railway stations face a deficit of 16 baggage scanners, 416 CCTV cameras and 15 door frame metal detectors (DFMDs) needed to prevent entry of arms, and explosives into the station premises.

The audit was conducted in late February, a few days after the Pulwama terror attack. A copy of the report has been sent to senior officers of the Northern Railway’s Delhi division.

‘Railway authorities alerted about the lapses’

Deputy commissioner of police (railways) Dinesh Kumar Gupta said: “The Delhi division of railways has been alerted about the lapses to make adequate
arrangements. We have stepped up the frequency of patrolling and anti-sabotage checks. Additional machans have been erected and we also have an armed reserve force to deal with any contingency.”

Divisional railway manager (DRM) of Northern Railway’s Delhi division, RN Singh, said that they are working towards upgrading the existing facility and surveillance equipment. “We have formed a squad of the Railway Protection Force to catch unauthorised entrants in the station area. At least 100 to 150 people are caught every day,” the DRM said.

Another senior officer from the railways said that it was the police’s responsibility to maintain law and order. “If the boundary walls of the stations are broken, police must ensure there is no vandalism by the unruly people,” the officer said.