Following recent alerts of terror threats and alleged border intrusions from the neighbouring country,the Railway Protection Force (RPF) in Gujarat will now assist ticket examiners (TTEs) in checking passengers on railway stations.
RPF officials have been ordered to assist the TTEs on each railway station to check visitors and passengers before they board the train or leave the platform.
RPF sources in Ahmedabad said,The orders have come from the RPF headquarters to check trains and passengers on daily basis. Terror threats as well as incidents of illegal supply of arms,narcotics,hawala money have increased. Trains are becoming easy access for elements spreading terror. In a recent meeting with the railway board,RPF officials were briefed to increase their presence on railway stations in Gujarat.
According to the new instructions the TTEs,while checking tickets,will have a RPF jawaan with them. The RPF will assist in ticket checking throughout the route,especially in long-distance trains heading to the southern states and Jammu and Kashmir.
RPF stations at major railway stations in Gujarat will be revamped and equipped with more manpower,said RPF officials. Also,railways stations in coastal areas of Gujarat and Kutch sharing the border with Pakistan will be specially kept under the watch of the RPF.