With a view to keep crime on trains in check, Uttar Pradesh police plans to install CCTV cameras in special trains passing through the state.
“There is a proposal to install CCTV cameras in AC as well as general coaches of special trains for video recording,” Director General of Police (Railway) Rizwan Ahmad said.
He said the purpose was to go through the footage in case of any incident so that the criminals could be identified easily.
“I have written to the railway authorities in this regard. For now, the proposal has been made for some special trains,” he said.
According to him, there were also plans to install CCTV cameras at important and crowded railway stations in the state.
“All the SPs of the Government Railway Police (GRP) in the state have been directed to take assistance of authorities concerned in this regard,” he added.
The DG said under the ‘vision scheme’, CCTV cameras have been installed in Moradabad and Lucknow divisions, monitoring of which was being done through section headquarters.
“SPs of GRP in other places have been directed to chalk out a similar scheme,” he said.
He said directives had been issued to ensure the proper functioning of the already-installed CCTV cameras.
Mr. Ahmad said a scheme had also been chalked out to paste stickers of phone numbers of GRP railway stations on the route in all coaches of trains passing through UP.
“This has been planned so that the victim can call GRP and get required assistance. Similarly, it has been planned to paste numbers of railway control room,” he said.
The DG said at times when platform was not vacant, incoming trains were halted at the outer signal during late hours, which increased the possibility of crime. He said high-mast lights should be installed and GRP and Railway Protection Force jawans should be deployed.
Mr. Ahmad said a police assistance centre would be constructed for such jawans.
“It has been directed that if rail traffic is disrupted due to accident or other reason and a train stops at a small station, the GRP should coordinate with the local police and deploy adequate force so that incidents of crime, including misbehaviour with women, do not take place,” he said.
The DG also added that the GRP officials have been directed to carry out verification of all vendors and attendants, and take action against unauthorised ones.