A proposal seeking additional manpower to ensure womens safety on trains sent two months ago by the Commissioner of Police,Railways,to the Chairman,Railway Board reveals that there is just one Government Railway Police (GRP) constable per 1,900 commuters on Mumbais local trains,and one GRP constable for every three womens compartments to be manned at night.
When the general managers of Central and Western railways failed to respond to a letter dated February 11,GRP sent another proposal dated May 27 to the Railway board,asking it to sanction funds for bearing 50 per cent of the cost of recruiting 1,846 personnel.
As an option,Prabhat Kumar,Commissioner of Police,Railways,recommended that since the RPF Act of 1957 had been amended,the 1,846 new recruits could be provided to the force if they carried out night patrolling duty.
As immediate relief,Kumar asked railways to seek the help of Maharashtra State Security Corporation for additional personnel to man local trains at night,or avail of the services of reputed private security agencies.
Implementation of Integrated Security Scheme with authorised entry/exit gates,quick dispersal of commuters and use of advance integrated CCTV system have also been suggested.
The board,however,is yet to reply to the proposal.
For night patrolling duty,also referred to as to-and-fro trip in railway police parlance,GRP has 234 policemen in 117 groups for CR and 128 personnel in 64 groups on WR. Each group comprises two armed constables deployed in two womens compartments at both ends of a rake between 9 pm and 6 am every day. There are 926 women compartments 618 on CR and 318 on WR.
To overcome the manpower crunch,an additional 384 GRP constables are required for to-and-fro trips on CR and 190 on WR. The proposal also details the shortage of staff for manning platforms. For this,GRP requires 1,272 security personnel 900 on CR and 372 on WR.