Staff Reporter

To monitor movement of suspicious elements and for easy identification

TIRUCHI: In an effort to further improve vigil and security in railway stations, the Government Railway Police (GRP), Tiruchi, has planned to install closed circuit television (CCTV) sets in six more stations coming under its jurisdiction.

The CCTV sets are expected to be installed before the end of this financial year in the identified stations. The cameras will be installed at Villupuram, Vriddhachalam, Thanjavur, Dindigul, Virudhunagar and Nagercoil stations.

The Railway Police here have a vast jurisdiction starting from Villupuram and going down south up to Kanyakumari covering Tiruchi and Madurai railway divisions. CCTV sets have already been installed at Tiruchi, Madurai and Tirunelveli junctions.

The Superintendent of Police, Railways, Tiruchi, Prem Anand Sinha, told The Hindu that the main objective to install CCTV sets in more railway stations was to further improve security and vigil. The TVs would be installed at entry and exit points of these stations, on platforms, reservation centres, waiting rooms and parcel offices to monitor the movement of suspicious elements and for easy identification.

A monitor would be kept inside police stations functioning in railway stations from where movements of the public would be watched on a round-the-clock basis.

This measure is being taken up in the wake of increased security threats, especially after the Bangalore shooting incident.

Mr. Sinha said that the existing cameras installed at Tiruchi, Madurai and Tirunelveli junctions would be replaced with a new state-of-the-art cameras.

In Tiruchi and Madurai railway junctions, the Railway Police have planned to put up around 20 cameras at various points on the station premises.

Mr. Sinha said that to prevent crimes in moving trains, the number of beats in night trains had been increased.

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