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RPF on board for women

Women aboard long-distance trains departing from Tatanagar can hope for a safe ride, courtesy the Railway Police Force (RPF).

Inspector-general of RPF P.K. Agrawal, during a visit to Tatanagar and Adityapur railway stations on Wednesday, declared that from henceforth, women personnel would escort passengers on the trains.

The railways, he added, had already started the experiment by deploying women RPF personnel randomly on Odisha-bound trains. “A nine-member RPF team travels up to Rourkela, escorting passengers. The practice will start full-fledged soon,” said the inspector-general, who spent Tatanagar station for nearly four hours from 9am.

The RPF is also taking steps to make Tatanagar station premises a safe zone.

“We are going to launch an integrated security system at Tatanagar soon. Once this system is introduced, anyone entering the premises with any objectionable article like explosive or firearms will be nabbed. This way, the station will become a more secured place,” Agrawal told The Telegraph.

The senior RPF officer added that to introduce such a security system, they would have to plug in all entry points except the main one and erect a boundary wall.

“Except the main gate at the front of the station, all other entries, like the one from Loco side, will be closed. At the main gate, we will put up sophisticated scanners that will detect objectionable items,” said Agrawal, adding that the system would be in place by this fiscal.

The officer also said they would install 126 CCTV cameras in and outside the station to check entry of criminals. In the first phase, around 91 spy cams will be fixed and the rest will be installed during the second phase. The first phase is likely to be over by the end of next week.

After inspecting Tatanagar, Agarwal went to Adityapur railway station in the afternoon, where he spent over two hours. Apart from security measures for passengers, he also checked railway properties at the twin stations.

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