Passengers frisked, baggage checked following train blasts in Chennai

Security and vigil have been beefed up at all railway stations in Madurai division following twin blasts at Chennai Central Railway Station on Thursday morning.

The Railway Protection Force and Tamil Nadu Railway Police have put in additional security measures. All the passengers are being frisked and their luggage scanned at Madurai junction.

“We have posted more men all around the railway premises, both in uniform and civvies, to monitor the movement of suspicious people. All the 68 closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras installed at Madurai junction are in working condition. An additional staff is monitoring the footages,” G. Selvaraj, Assistant Commissioner, RPF, Madurai, said.

Officials said all the empty rakes of trains were being piloted to the station and coaches were checked with sniffer dogs. The parcels too were scanned at the parcel office.

The security agencies conducted a combing operation on the station premises on Thursday. Meanwhile, a travel bag kept hidden underneath the stairs at the parcel office created flutter around noon. The security officials heaved a sigh of relief when they found only clothes inside. The officials suspect that the bag was lifted by some thief and later abandoned.

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