While the city celebrates Diwali, the Government Railway Poilce (GRP) personnel will remain at work and man the railway premises in civil clothes. GRP Commissioner Prabhat Kumar has issued strict instructions disallowing GRP personnel from going off duty from November 11-13.
Kumar has instructed that the attendance on the three days should be 100 per cent, with all the personnel engaged in security arrangements.
SG Nekalikar, assistant police commissioner (crime) at the GRP, “Police will be deputed in civil clothes at stations and in trains so that commuters can celebrate Diwali wholeheartedly and are not disturbed by police presence.”
There are around 3,750 railway police personnel, including those posted in Mumbai. The GRP has also ensured that its personnel pay special attention to ladies compartments.
“During rush hours, we will depute police personnel outside the ladies compartments of trains at railway stations,” said PM Karyakarte, senior police inspector, GRP, Vashi railway station.
The Central Railway has also started a special drive to check for explosives in trains and on railway premises.
“To enhance security on Central Railway premises, we have started a special week-long drive from November 11 where we have engaged the GRP, Railway Protection Force personnel, dog squads and the commercial staff of Central Railway in making sure there are no explosives inside the trains and on railway premises,” said VA Malegaonkar, chief public relations officer, Central Railway.