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Dhanbad’s new rail police head

Dhanbad got a new superintendent of rail police (SRP) on Thursday. Nagendra Chaudhary (54) took over charge from Praveen Kumar Srivastava, who has been transferred to JAP-4.

Chaudhary, who had served as Dhanbad DSP (law and order) from 2004-06 and also DSP Nirsa in 2006, said passenger security would be his top priority. “We will launch a special drive at railway stations under Dhanbad division to nab criminals, who jump off with belongings of passengers as soon as trains start chugging out,” Chaudhary said.

A meeting of OCs of all 22 government railway police stations has been convened on July 14, where the officers would be asked to be courteous with passengers, complainants and victims of rail crimes.

A Jharkhand Police Service officer who was promoted to IPS rank early this year, Chaudhary also vowed to crack down on coal smuggling through trains. “Special drives will be launched at different government railway stations. I myself will carry out surprise inspections,” he said.

Regarding Naxalite activities in different parts of the division, particularly in Coal India Chord (CIC) section, Chaudhary said they would deal with the rebels with an iron hand and in no way, they would be allowed to stall trains.

“Mobile phone numbers of all police officers, including SRP, rail DSP, inspectors and officers in charge, will be put up in form of posters at important railway stations so that aggrieved passengers may contact us during any emergency. Policemen in civil dress will also be deputed to keep a tab on drug-and-loot gangs,” said Chaudhary.