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Drive to make trains safe

The railway police have launched an awareness drive and stepped up vigil in trains and stations keeping in mind the Holi rush.

Their main target, however, will be to check loot gangs whose modus operandi is offering drug-laced food items to passengers.

To begin with, police have put up posters inside trains such Ganga Damodar Express, Ganga Sutlej Express, Sealdah-Ajmer Express, Kalka Mail and Howrah-Mumbai Mail. The posters make the passengers aware of the gangs’ method. Those also appeal passengers not to befriend any stranger and not to accept food offered by anyone.

“Usually, these robbers first befriend a passenger. Then, with their thumbs daubed with drugs, mix the substance with either tea, biscuit or any other food item,” said officer in-charge of Dhanbad railway police station D.K. Singh, adding that in most of the cases these gangs target lone passengers, but families should also be alert.

Besides this awareness drive, the police have also launched a vigilance drive.

Announcements are being made at platforms as well as trains through loudhailers. Policemen in civilian clothes have been deputed at stations in order to keep an eye on such gangs. A dog squad has also been pressed into service to search trains.

“The focus of the vigilance drive, however, is general and sleeper coaches as these gangs find such passengers to be soft targets,” Singh added.


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