WR to carry out surprise checks on guesthouses

After the senior Western Railway (WR) official B L Verma was arrested for his alleged involvement in running a prostitution racket from railway rest house at Marine Lines, the authorities have decided to intensify the checks and prepare a list of officers occupying railway guest and rest houses.

Senior WR officials said General Manager Mahesh Kumar asked for details of all those occupying at railway housing units built for guests. An official said, “Surprise checks by the railway police on guest and rest houses will act as deterrent for miscreants.” The WR has guesthouses for officers at Churchgate, Marine Lines, Mumbai Central, Dadar, Bhayander, Dahanu, Valsad and Vapi.

As per proposed plans, the WR would be documenting details like name, address, room number allotted, duration of stay, number of people residing and other necessary particulars of the occupants of these accommodations. WR Chief PRO S Chandrayan said, “We will be taking stringent measures to intensify our checks.”

Shady past
Several officials from various departments claimed that Verma had a tainted past. Some of them said that a few years ago, Verma was caught for his alleged involvement in operating a ticketing racket in Surat, though charges against him were dropped later. An official said, “After this incident, he was given a vital post of an area officer at Churchgate and then in the operating department.”

Sources claimed Verma had been residing at the railway quarters in Marine Lines for the last four to five years. His quarter is located next to the rail overbridge, outside the railway station, where these houses have been constructed on the top floor along with a few guesthouses. WR DRM (Mumbai) S Silas said, “We have suspended him. Even the house that was allotted to him has been cancelled. The law will now take its course.”

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