Railway passengers travelling by night trains can hereafter have a sound sleep as the strength of policemen is being doubled from Thursday night.
There will be one head constable and three or four constables travelling in night trains to keep a watch on the movement of anti-social elements on trains.
Announcing this at a media conference on Thursday, Superintendent of Police of Government Railway Police (GRP), Vijayawada, Syam Prasad Rao, said 45 night trains were passing through GRP Vijayawada district, which extends from Guntur to Itchapuram.
A total of 19 police beats have been formed to take care of the 45 trains during nights. The night duty men would be working for a maximum of three to four hours at a stretch to ensure that they functioned efficiently.
He said the proposal of giving carbine weapons to police personnel on night duty on trains was being studied. Though the lighter and compact weapons were easy to carry and help in checking crimes on trains, there was a danger of their going off accidentally in crowded trains. Their handling would also require special training, and once a decision was taken the police personnel would be trained in this regard.
Mr. Prasad Rao said that apart from strengthening security in trains, sub-controls would be set up on platforms. A policeman would be on duty round the clock at the sub-control, which would be set up on an elevated position to give an all-round view of the platforms.
On noticing any suspicious movements, the sub-control staff would intimate the GRP station located on the main platform. He said two sub-controls would be set up in Visakhapatnam, five at Vijayawada station, and four under the Rajahmundry division.
The SP said that the sub division-wise meetings were being held to settle the grievances of employees, who were staying hundreds of kilometres away from the district headquarters.
The second sub-division meeting was held in the city on Thursday in which grievances of 41 constables like problems pertaining to increments and surrender leave were settled in two hours.
Deputy Superintendent of Police (GRP) V. Bhima Rao was present.
Earlier, two GRP sub-inspectors Mohan Rao (Duvvada) and Anwar (Tuni) were felicitated on their retirement from service.
19 police beats have been formed to take care of 45 trains during night Proposal to give carbine weapons to personnel on night duty being studied
19 police beats have been formed to take care of 45 trains during night
Proposal to give carbine weapons to personnel on night duty being studied
One head constable and three or four constables to keep a watch on