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Security roving eye for NJP & Siliguri

- Surveillance system inaugurated

Siliguri, Jan. 6: The Northeast Frontier Railway today launched an advanced security system at Siliguri junction to keep tabs on passengers and suspicious items.

Similar security system will be put in place at New Jalpaiguri station.

The Integrated Security System at the Siliguri was inaugurated by R.S. Virdi, the general manager of the NFR.

The system comprises CCTV cameras, baggage-scanners, hand-held metal detectors, door-frame metal detectors, explosive detection and alarm system, bomb blanket and bomb disposal systems.

Although the new security system was introduced at Siliguri junction close on the heels of the discovery of crude bombs on tracks between Mukuria Junction and Azamnagar Road stations in Bihar’s Katihar last week, Virdi said there was no threat to passengers’ safety.

“The investigation into the detection of bombs in Bihar is being handled by the investigating agencies in the state concerned. We are in constant touch with them and extending our co-operation to them. As of now, there is no threat to the safety and security (of passengers),” said Virdi.

However, sources at the NFR said NJP and Siliguri stations were selected for the new security system because of their vulnerability. There have been bomb blasts at different stations in north Bengal in the past.

The official was on his annual tour to inspect stations under the Katihar railway division of the NFR.

Virdi said so far, both NJP and Siliguri stations had been supervised by analogue cameras which could scan only a radius of about 100m.

“The new cameras can scan up to 500m. These are fitted to sirens which give signals as soon as they detect idle luggage. We have also CCTV cameras, which can be panned and tilted, at vital spots like entry and exit points. The footage will be monitored from a control room and only authorised officials of the Indian Railways will have access to the video through passwords. Eight CCTV cameras have been installed at Siliguri Junction. At NJP, 22 cameras will be installed initially,” he said.

Other stations under NFR where the new security system will be installed are Lumding, Dibrugarh, Guwahati (all in Assam), Dimapur in Nagaland, Katihar and Kishenganj (both in Bihar).