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Dhanbad ( Jharkhand): In view of the upcoming festival season when thousands of passengers working in metros return home with their hard earned money and often become soft targets of criminals, Dhanbad Railway protection force (RPF) has initiated several foolproof steps to provide security to passengers which include round the clock patrolling, videography of general compartment and cultivating intelligence network on major railway stations falling under Dhanbad division of the East Central Railways (ECR).
Seeing the massive rush in more than two dozen trains passing or originating fromDhanbad besides over crowding in general compartments, Railway protection Force(RPF) led by commandant A N Jha and its inspector B.N Mishra has started a massive drive for foolproof security on trains passing through Dhanbad division, where reports of robbery, luggage lifting from moving trains and railway platforms especially during night have been reported.
After arrest of six criminals of ‘drug and loot gang’ arrested from Dhanbad few weeks ago along with drug laced biscuits and sleeping tablets, RPF men can be seen with walkie talkie in their hands addressing passengers especially those in general compartment not to take any eatables from unknown persons despite their repeated pleas including ‘Prasad’ of religious places. “Cops have been directed to closely watch the people who cultivate contacts with travellers and loot their belongings or on several occasions slip away with belongings when passengers are at sleep,” said the commandant. Not only this RPF men are even going for regular videography and photography of passengers and at times even sniffer dogs are pressed into service.
Dhanbad Railway Protection Force (RPF) commandant has directed his juniors to remain alert to nab anti-social elements for which he has developed intelligence networking on station premises in form of coolies, stall vendors, auto and taxi drivers who cater RPF with vital information whenever they see suspicious faces. “The coolies, taxi drivers who park their vehicles on station premise and staff of foodstalls on several stations falling under Dhanbad division railway zone give us information about suspicious people seen wandering on railway platforms without luggage or sleeping on benches posing like bonafide passengers and escape with luggage of passengers after they sleep,” said RPF inspector B.N Mishra.
RPF commandant and his junior officers can be seen educating passengers of all prominent trains requesting them not to get very close with unknown persons. RPF deputy commandant A N Jha said he and his men keep close eyes on trains especially those heading for Rajasthan, Gujarat, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Mumbai, Chennai and New Delhi on which business community members or shop keepers travel with cash and precious items. The commandant has also directed patrolling RPF cops to keep close eyes on criminals operating between Mughalsarai – Gaya – Dhanbad area and loot passengers after drugging them.
RPF inspector B N Mishra stated that though RPF cops have given good results yet direction has been given to nab criminals, eve teasers and train robbers and members of ‘drug and loot’ gangs .