In a move that may ease parking congestion and boost security measures, the Panchkula police has deployed five traffic police officials at the Chandigarh railway station.
The move was prompted after the Government Railway Police (GRP) requested the Panchkula police for additional deployment of police at the city railway station two months ago.
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Speaking to Newsline, Inspector Harnek Singh, SHO, Chandigarh railway station, GRP, said, “A request for additional deployment of police force was made by SP Railways (Manisha Chaudhary) to the Haryana Police. Following this, five traffic police officials of Haryana Police were deployed at the station for twelve-hour shifts.”
That GRP lacks manpower was highlighted in a stand-off at the city railway station three weeks ago.
A mob that included auto drivers and residents of Daria village were seen thrashing cab officials on the premises of the GRP station.
It was only after the Chandigarh Police’s intervention that the situation was brought under control.
The Panchkula police administration, too, is understaffed. According to officials, the present strength of the traffic police is not sufficient to look after the traffic load in the city.
Often, home guards have to assist traffic police officials.
Railway station to get two metal detector door frames
In a recent security drill by the Chandigarh Police, Railway Protection Force and Government Railway Police, the metal detector door frame at the entrance of the city railway station was found to be non-functional. The entry to the Panchkula side of the railway station was also found to be lacking in basic security equipment.
According to Railway officials, the non-functional metal detector door frame has been sent for repair. An order has also been issued for the installation of security equipment on the Panchkula side.