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Need for stricter surveillance at Margao railway station

Need for stricter surveillance at Margao railway station

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06 Nov 2018 No comment 12 hits

SHYAM ZAMBAULIKER | NT

 

MARGAO

Cases of baggage thefts, besides transportation of liquor, fish and mutton through the railways, are learnt to have become rampant at Margao railway station. It is learnt that packed liquor and other items are being transported illegally on a large scale from Margao to other places and vice versa.  Passengers alleged that it was happening due to poor surveillance and day-night patrolling.

They  stressed the need for upgrading  the security infrastructure at sensitive stations like Margao and Vasco by posting of armed policemen at the main gates, installing more CCTV cameras and door frame metal detectors with round-the-clock surveillance.

A passenger said that foot patrolling has to be intensified on platforms, circulating area, parcel yard and the parking area outside the railway station.

“There is a need for a strong security system consisting of surveillance through close circuit television camera network and access control system,” said a senior citizen Ulhas Kerker.  Plainclothes policemen and sniffer dogs have to be pressed into service to track down any suspicious activity and unattended luggage, he added.

A retired head constable, who had worked at the Konkan railway station, alleged that there is hardly any surveillance at the railway premises.

Railway Protection Force (RPF), Margao, however, in its efforts to ensure security at the railway stations, has booked several cases of thefts and arrested persons involved in transportation of liquor and handed over cases to Konkan Railway police to investigate. Policemen can be seen checking luggage on the platforms as well as on trains for explosives.

In a development, a police constable attached to the Konkan Railway police station was transferred to Margao police station and posted under the superintendent of police South Goa under reserve line. South Goa superintendent of police Arvind Gawas said that the constable was transferred on the basis of a video clip related to alleged demand of bribe, and that police inspector of Konkan railway has been asked to submit a report.

A head constable from RPF, on anonymity, said that Konkan Railway has identified vulnerable routes and trains prone to such incidents, and has deployed RPF personnel in those areas. Regular drives are conducted by RPF against unauthorised passengers entering railway premises.

He said that the Railway Protection Force (RPF) is supplementing efforts to ensure security at railway stations. He claimed that RPF has caught persons with stolen passenger goods and seized liquor in the last 10 months and these cases were handed over to Konkan railway police.

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