The Jharkhand police said that it is ready to provide security to the night trains that have remained suspended since the Jnaneswari rail disaster, which claimed 150 lives on May 28 last year.

“We are ready to provide security to restore the running of passenger trains,” Director General of Police Gouri Shankar Rath said here after his attention was drawn to the ten—month suspension of passenger trains on the Kharagpur—Tata—Rourkela section of the South-Eastern Railway.

Movement of night trains in Maoist—affected areas would resume whenever the Central Government or the Railway Ministry gives the nod, Mr. Rath, who was here for the first time after taking over the charge of DGP on March 1, told a press conference.

The Mumbai—bound Jnaneshwari Express was derailed between Sardiha and Khemasuli stations, and subsequently a freight train approaching from the opposite direction rammed into five derailed coaches, killing 150 passengers and injuring 200 others.

Organised crimes

About increasing incidents of organised crimes, including cyber crime, the DGP said criminals were now using the internet and mobile phones to commit crime.

Keeping these factors in mind, he said, “We have taken steps to modernise our police force.”

Attributing the shortage in the officer rank for improper community policing, he said it was being strengthened with the existing force which has a strength of about 70,000 at the constable level.

He said the Union Government has started allotting IPS officers to the State which would further rise in the next three to four years.

He said that he was visiting each district to ensure that the police had a people—friendly image, professionalism and probity.- PTI

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