ALTHOUGH THE railway authorities claim to have taken all security measures at the Chandigarh Railway Station, the station has unmanned entrance gates, has no door frame metal detectors (DFMD) and no baggage scanners.
On Thursday, Chandigarh Newsline found no personnel of Government Railway Police (GRP) at the station. The two metal detectors installed at two entrances — one at the Chandigarh side and the other at the Panchkula side of the station — were missing.
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The railway officials said the DFMDs had been taken away by GRP men.
“I didn’t see any security person anywhere at the station. This is very shocking. The Railways doesn’t care about the security of the passengers,” said Manoj Sharma, a city resident, who was waiting for his family members at the station.
Earlier this year, the UT Police had admitted that the Chandigarh Railway Station lacked security arrangements and as per norms, there was no security deployed at the entry and exit points of the station. Even after the police admission, the Railways has failed to take any concrete step.
DSP (GRP headquarters), Ambala, Telak Raj, said that out of 18 security personnel sanctioned for the Chandigarh railway station, only few were available these days.
“The DFMD was borrowed by the CID wing. I will soon get it installed,” he told Chandigarh Newsline. “These days we
have very less number of security men available at the station because some of them have been deployed for VIP security while others have gone to attend a departmental course.”
“The two DFMDs will soon be installed again. One of them has been sent for repair,” said Chandigarh Railway Station SHO Balkar Singh.