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Criminal case for rail roko agitation


Press Trust of India Bhubaneswar
Those who hold rail rokos in Odisha will face criminal cases from now on as per a decision taken at a meeting of State Level Security Committee for Railways, officials said today.

The meeting, held here under the chairmanship of Odisha Director General of Police R P Sharma decided that the Railway Protection Force (RPF) will register criminal cases in case of rail rokos.

The RPF will take appropriate legal actions and high level railway officials will negotiate with the agitators regarding their demands and take action in the matter, the official said after the meeting.

The meeting also emphasised on deployment of train guards in crime prone night trains and supply of CUG (closed user group) mobiles to train guard personnel.

It was also decided in the meeting to take steps for prompt registration of criminal cases at the appropriate police stations even when the passengers submit their reports to the TTE, RPF, or any other railway stations so that investigations can start without further delay, he said.

The meeting asked the Railway authorities to install CCTV cameras and baggage scanner in important crimeprone railway stations as well as in selected trains.

Improvement of infrastructure facilities of GRP, including construction and repair of the official and residential buildings were also sought, he said.

The meeting discussed law and order situation, crime scenario, theft or sabotage, disaster management, LWE activities, safety and security of railway properties and passengers and other issues relating to security of railways, the official said.

It also decided to pursue the proposals for augmentation of GRP strength, inclusion of new railway lines under the GRP and increase in charges of carrying bodies.

Creation of a bomb disposal squad with the RPF was another decision, he added.

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First Published: Feb 27 2018 | 7:45 PM IST

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