Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Trains thru naxalite-prone areas will have 5 Guards

Railways admit security lapse

DH News Service Hubli:

The authorities of South Western Railway have admitted that absence of security personnel on the Yeswantpur-Ajmer Express train near Davangere in the early hours of Monday, made the job easy for dacoits to loot ....



The authorities of South Western Railway have admitted that absence of security personnel on the Yeswantpur-Ajmer Express train near Davangere in the early hours of Monday, made the job easy for dacoits to loot some passengers. Without mincing words, a senior officer of railways admitted that “somehow they lost sight of that winter special train which had been introduced to clear the extra rush of passengers. As a result it became an easy target for dacoits.”

Instead of blaming others, an officer was quite brave to admit the ‘fault’ on their part in providing security to passengers travelling in that particular train.

There will at least be four to five armed guards in trains which passe through naxalite-prone areas and areas vulnerable to criminal activities. The Yeswantpur-Ajmer train had skipped their attention since it had been a winter special train. The dacoits who might have noticed the absence of security personnel on board the particular train. “The dacoity incident has definitely opened our eyes that we should never have been complacent,” the officer said.

The police came to know about the incident around 2:30 am and immediately swung into action, he said.

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