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Rail police vouches for alarm switches instead of chain pull system

Written by: Staff

Patna, July 7 (UNI) Bihar rail police has suggested replacing the current chain pull system by alarm switches to contain rising incidents of crimes in running trains.

Bihar Deputy Inspector General of Police Ajay Kumar Verma in a letter to the Director General of Railway Design and Standard Organisation had suggested a slew of measures, including replacement of the current chain pull system by the alarm switches to frustrate attempts of criminals.

Mr Verma in his missive said, each compartment of the train should be provided with alarm switches system so that the guards could be alerted even during a dacoity.

Besides, it would remove the stigma of carrying 1855 technology of pull chain system by the Railways, he observed.

Elaborating on the advantage of alarm switch technology, Mr Verma said it would enable the train guard to know which compartment needed attention.

The DIG said the guard room should be made the control room for the train and it should be incumbent upon the escort party to sit in that room only. He said such type of an exercise would tackle problems like the escort party sleeping in the A/C compartments or the party fleecing or harassing the passengers.

Mr Verma said the guards should also be able to switch on the light outside the compartment needing attention and also that of two adjoining compartments on either side. The lights should be such that the area outside the compartment needing attention get lighted up to more than 50 yards and that anybody coming out of the compartment should be visible to the security forces or escort party, he added. Unless the security forces provide clearances, the light outside should not be switched off by the guard, he added.

He said the guard should be able to communicate with the driver and be able to get the train stopped in the said situation. The escort parties should approach the compartments needing attention from both sides of the compartments for stopping the criminals. The coordination between the train guards and the escort parties could be ensured in a better way by having same wireless frequency of their sets.

Unless the clearance was given by the escort party, the guard should not permit the train to move, he emphasised. He said that the escort party should enjoy the authority to open fire on anybody trying to escape. Railways should provide wireless sets and dragon lights to the escort party for communicaiton and searching the area during duty hours.

Copies of Mr. Vermas letter had been sent to Bihar Inspector General of Railways, General Manager of East Central Railway and General Manager of Eastern Railway.


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