A GRP jawan maintains vigil at Tatanagar station on Sunday. Picture by Animesh Sengupta
Jamshedpur, Aug. 11: Security has been beefed up in Chakradharpur and Ranchi divisions of South Eastern Railway in the wake of Independence Day.
Tatanagar SRP Mritunjay Kishore said that intelligence agencies had warned of possible violence or sabotage mainly in the Naxalite-hit areas during the I-Day celebrations.
“Special measures are being taken to avert any kind of untoward incident in the next few days. There are chances of Maoist-related violence on or before the I-Day, especially in Ghatshila-Manoharpur section,” said Kishore.
He added that a general alert had been issued across the region and he was in close contact with DIG, Kolhan, Arun Kumar Singh for better co-ordination among the forces.
The GRP, in collaboration with RPF and the district police, have already begun extensive track checking and luggage scanning at all the stations in these two divisions. Personnel are keeping tabs on passengers with suspicious movement.
This apart, the authorities are planning to press in sniffer dogs for random checking on passenger trains.
Long-range patrolling is being carried out along the tracks in view of the recent spurt in Maoist activities in Chandil and Chowka (Seraikela-Kharsawan), Manoharpur, Porahat and Saranda (West Singhbhum).
The railway police have stepped up security in unreserved coaches as well.
Further, the police are maintaining surveillance at smaller stations, like Gamharia, Chandil, Kandra, Manoharpur, Mahadevshal, Ghatshila and Chakulia. They are maintaining strict vigil at the outer signals of all major stations.
According to sources, the railways are planning to set up baggage scanners at small stations, but it will take time.