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Kolkata, Jan.2, 2013 :


Ahigh level security meeting involving the General Manager, Addl.General Manager, Principal Head of Departments and Divisional Railway Managers of Adra & Kharagpur of South Eastern Railway and senior police officials of the states of West Bengal, Jharkhand & Odisha was held in the SERailway Headquarters, Garden Reach today(2.1.2013).The meeting was chaired by the General Manager, Shri A.K.Verma, and conducted by Shri A.K.Singh, IG & Chief Security Commissioner /RPF/ S.E.Railway.


In his opening address the General Manager Shri A.K.Verma touched upon the security issues which concerns the State police and which have an adverse affect on train running.He said that it has been one year since train running during night time has resumed in the Jungle Mahal and other extremist affected sections of South Eastern Railway.However, the maximum permissible speed of trains during night time at present is 75 kmph due to which in the month of December alone, 212 trains have lost punctuality.He requested the police officials of 3 states to look into the matter and pursue the case so that trains can be run at their maximum permissible speed of 110 kmph.Shri Verma also spoke of the incidents of drugging, theft and dacoity in trains and said that the incidents have come down in 2012 as compared to previous year.However, more care should be taken in providing security to the passengers by bringing the occurrence of such incidents to a minimum level.Shri Verma also mentioned some other issues which affects train running resulting in loss of punctuality viz.public agitation, interference in signal gears through theft of cables, short circuiting of joints and incidence of alarm chain pulling.He also mentioned incidents of carrying of illegal forest wood and other commodities in goods trains.


All the senior police officials including ADG/Railways/West Bengal Shri A.K.Sarkar, IG/IB, West Bengal Shri O.P.Gupta, IG/Railways/Odisha Shri Mahendra Pratap, DIG/Chaibasa/Jharkhand Shri Arun Kumar Singh, DIG/Midnapur/West Bengal Shri L.N.Meena, SRP/Kharagpur Shri D.Boral and officials from State Intelligence Bureaus, West Bengal and Odisha expressed their views regarding enhancement of security in the railways.The Addl.CSCs of Eastern Railway/Kolkata and South East Central Railway, Bilaspur were also present.


Shri Pramod Kumar, Addl.General Manager, S.E.Railway summed up the proceedings of this fruitful meeting held in a cordial and positive atmosphere. Shri D.B.Kasar, Addl.CSC/S.E.Railway proposed the vote of thanks.


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