Railway officials have taken the decision to station Home Guards in local trains on the Harbour line, a day after a 27-year-old was molested in a Vashi-bound train. Officials claim that this is not a reaction to the incident
Bansidhar Shirsat, DCP of Government Railway Police (GRP), said, “Though we are short-staffed, we are trying to manage security using the existing manpower.
While the population has increased in the last few years, the same can’t be said about the security staff. Considering the number of incidences in ladies’ compartments, we have deployed three staff per train -- including one Home Guard in First Class ladies compartment.”
A senior GRP official from the Harbour line said the number of Home Guards per train would depend on the number of rakes. “It’s difficult to comment on the number of Home Guards deployed in trains, as it will depend on the number of rakes.”
“We are also planning to shift the GRP desks, now installed on platforms, to a spot opposite ladies’ coaches so that on-duty officials can monitor who is entering and exiting the compartment,” he said.
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Total number of Home Guards on Western, Central and Harbour lines