Mangalore: Lack of security at railway station a cause for concern

Deekshith D V
Pics: Meryick D'Silva
Daijiworld Media Network - Mangalore (DV) 

Mangalore, May 4: The recent twin blasts in Bangalore-Guwahati train at Chennai have raised concerns about security in railways across the country. A visit to Mangalore's Central railway station revealed that the picture is not exactly rosy as far as security is concerned.

Though sophisticated CCTV cameras have been installed at Mangalore city Central railway station as per the Railway Board's guidelines to ensure tight security and prevent crimes, terrorist activities and the like, the surveillance of the footage has not yet been handed over to the RPF (railway protection force) yet.  

Though 38 CCTV cameras have been installed at the railway station, the system has not yet been inaugurated yet or handed over to the RPF for monitoring. Though people from various places come to this station, there is lack of sufficient staff to ensure tight security.

Even the under vehicle scanner (UVS) system has not been handed over to the RPF. In fact, the RPF has only the door frame metal detector (DFMD) and one baggage scanner for surveillance. Three personnel including one RPF ASI have been deployed for security purpose as per the availability of staff.

The shortage of staff also extends to the government railway police (GRP) station.

Government railway police station inspector Tharanath said, "There are only 10 GRP staff for both the central railway station and Kankanady junction. The government has given a jeep but it has no driver. As per the availability, the staff are deployed at both railway stations. There is no proper compound wall to restrict illegal entry. There are several ways to enter the railway platform. Even though there are DFMDs at the main entrance, they are not sufficient to prohibit illegal entry."

Thousands of commuters pass through the railway stations in Mangalore each day. The lack of security measures here, despite the various incidents of terrorism across the country, is a glaring example of government apathy. 

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  • imtiaz shaikh, mangalore/chennai

    Mon, May 05 2014

    Dear Diaji Readers,
    Has anything happened as you people are worried, after the incident at Chennai Railway Station or before in so many years? Has anyone from you commentators, prey due to as you say negligence at Mangalore Railway Station or surrounding? Hope by the Grace of God, nothing will happen to us, But all we can do is make a request our Mangalore Government and Railway Autorities to do some ammendations as we all need future protection etc., Just dont blame the Mla's and other Govt. Bodies, please. Request them through letters or personal contacts to do something before anything such incidents happen to us also.
    Thank you.

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  • praveen lobo, mangalore

    Mon, May 05 2014

    Our elected representatives are busy at the inauguration and cutting ribbons - dear Mr J R lobo ( M L A ) PLEASE FOR Gods sake give some time for your constituency. if cant do it then leave, let others serve our mangalore.

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  • readerwriter007, pune

    Mon, May 05 2014

    this will remain as it is till anything major disaster strikes mangalore station. then everybody will wake up. Our system doesn't support precautionary measures, it's good in responding for a disaster. now even though it's realised that the condition of the railway station is bad, nobody will do anything. no enquiry, no investigations will happen why such a negligence. only if there is a a major accident or disaster all ministers , officers come to question and say many many words... pity on us yaar.

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  • leslie, udupi

    Sun, May 04 2014

    Lives are at the mercy of fate...
    However, security must not be compromised...
    Accidents in lives are often sudden and at times quite unpredictable...
    But being callous at the face of the faceless is a tragedy...

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  • Mohandas Kapikad, Mangaluru

    Sun, May 04 2014

    When our MLA's fight in favour of thieves for Lakhs of Rupees, what else can we expect from State power. Only Freedom for Thieves & Headache for Common man...

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  • Mhussain, qatar

    Sun, May 04 2014

    CCTV cameras can catch also rapist around the railway station roaming around

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  • Rajesh, Brahmavara/UK

    Sun, May 04 2014

    This is the naked truth our system. The lack of coordination between the bureaucrats and the elected representatives. One side an unemployment and other side the lack of staff and new technologies. No wonder India is the world leader in brain drain.

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    Sun, May 04 2014

    Indian Railway police should be discharged and given to the state police. Many railway incidents happen due to non work force of the railway police.

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