Sniffer dogs, bomb disposal squads, metal detectors at all important facilities
HYDERABAD: The Saturday’s serial bomb blasts in Delhi cast a shadow of uncertainty over passengers travelling in trains and buses here.
There was commotion among travellers when police started frisking the premises of Secunderabad, Kacheguda and Nampally railway stations from Sunday morning with the help of sniffer dogs and bomb disposal squads. Passengers entering the stations were checked through the door-frame and hand-held metal detectors at the main entrances.
Passengers said they never experienced such a serious exercise taken up by police inside the Secunderabad railway station. “Though we faced some inconvenience, we understand that it is done for our safety”, said a businessman K. Sridhar who regularly commutes from Ghatkesar to Secunderabad.
Personnel from the Railway Protection Force (RPF) from other stations were deputed at these three stations to maintain a constant vigil on those moving under suspicious circumstances. Nine surveillance cameras at Secunderabad, 12 at Kacheguda and another nine at Nampally stations were installed. A few persons moving suspiciously were also picked up but they were released later after questioning.
Those travelling in general compartments were scanned along with their luggage. “We are conducting random checking of all compartments with the help of bomb disposal squads. Passengers travelling in general compartments were also video-graphed”, said RPF Deputy Security Commissioner B. Ramakrishna.
Security was also beefed-up at the platforms in Jubilee and Mahatma Gandhi Bus Stations. Public address systems were constantly blaring messages urging people to look out for unclaimed baggage or inform authorities if they found people moving suspiciously.
RTC Ranga Reddy district Regional Manager S. Ravindra Babu said boards were displayed with slogans requesting passengers to be more cautious. The number of passengers too was less, it being a Sunday and also because most of the buses were diverted to alternative routes in connection with the immersion of Ganesh idols.
Both RTC and railway authorities had already conducted awareness programmes for shopkeepers, porters and sweepers on various security measures.