Out of 230 railway stations in Assam, only 12 are equipped with the Closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras.
Addressing the media here on Friday, B S Meena, divisional security commissioner, Tinsukia, Railway Special Protect Force said, “There are only 12 railway stations in Assam which are equipped with CCTV cameras. There are 230 railway stations. Eight more railways stations will be equipped with the CCTV cameras soon.”
It may be mentioned after receiving flak post the sensational twin train murder case, Minister of State for Railways Rajen Gohain ordered the installation of the CCTV cameras in all the stations under the jurisdiction of the Northeast Frontier railways (NFR).
The twin train murder-rape incidents on July 10-11 have sent shockwaves across the state. On July 10, the body of Assam Agricultural University girl student was found in a lavatory of a coach meant for differently-abled when the Dibrugarh-Rangiya Kamakhya Express reached Simaluguri junction. On July 11, another body of a woman was recovered from the lavatory of a coach reserved for differently-abled in the Lalgarh-bound Avadh Assam Express at Mariani Junction. The accused in both the murder-rape incidents have been nabbed on Thursday.
Due to the lack of CCTV camera at the Sivasagar police station, Assam Police had to struggle to nab the culprit. Based on the CCTV footage of Tinsukia Railway station, police apprehended the main accused on Thursday and his ‘crime-partner’ on Friday.
“Security of the train passengers is of utmost importance. A special team will be constituted to counter the dacoity attempts in the trains. In all the coaches, a special inspection will be carried out. Arrangements have been made for special security in the special coaches,” said Saikia.
He also informed that eviction drives will be carried out against the illegal vendors along the railway stations.
It has also been decided that from now on, the women will not be allowed to sit in the coach meant for the disabled.
“The coach will be locked and the key will be with the guard. The guard will hand over the key to the RPF and they will assist the differently abled people to board the coach. If required, the women will be seated in the reserved coaches,” said B S Meena.