Thane railway

Thane railway :The issue of passengers’ safety has come to fore following the brutal attack on a student aboard a local train on Thursday. Railway activists are now questioning the security measures on railway premises despite tall claims made by authorities.

We have always been requesting the station officials to ensure they install adequate security measures at the station but that seems to have fallen on deaf ears, said N Deshmukh, a railway activist from Thane. “We feel scared to travel in train at night alone. We feel the need of police presence in general compartments at night,” said Manish Gupta, a resident of Kalwa.

A station official admitted there are inadequate number of cameras at several stations and said a review was needed on their location. “There are insufficient number of cameras on the platforms and the ones installed do not capture the entire area,” said a railway official from Kalwa station, who had recently written to higher authorities regarding reworking the CCTV placements. Around two months have passed but there has been no response, said the official.

A senior Government Railway Police (GRP) official agreed that Thane and the Trans-Harbour lines needed more coverage but said they had adequate personnel who man trains after dusk.

The railways said providing security on station premises was the responsibility of the Railway Protection Force and GRP. “They must coordinate among themselves,” said a senior official.

Tushar Jadhav, an automobile engineering student, was stabbed repeatedly by an unknown assailant with a knife while he was on his way home in the wee hours of Thursday. In April 2014, a man was killed and his body was dumped on the railway platform.



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