BENGALURU: In the aftermath of the blast that took place on the Ujjain-Bhopal train last week and the first such involvement of terror outfit ISIS coming to light, the Union Home Ministry has issued a circular calling for strict vigilance at all railway stations in the country.
The blast triggered by a low intensity IED device that took place on the morning of March 8 near Jabdi station in Madhya Pradesh left 10 injured. The Railway Protection Force and the Government Railway Police in the State have been on their toes since then.
Speaking to Express, Senior Security Commissioner, RPF, M Suresh said cops in civilian clothes have been deployed across railway stations.“We are being extra vigilant at certain points along railway tracks where there were attempts to derail trains in the recent past using stones or cement slabs.” Additional RPF escorts have been posted in more number of trains in the Bengaluru Division.
“There is no specific warning, but a general alert notice was issued last week. The focus is more on City, Yeswanthpur and Cantonment railway stations.”
Superintendent, GRP Karnataka, Anoop A Shetty, said that the GRP began intensifying vigil as soon as the MP train blast case was reported.
“Anti-sabotage squads were in operation at major stations across Karnataka. We are co-ordinating with RPF and local police to ensure there is tight security everywhere,” he added. “No specific incident has been reported so far and this state of high alert across stations will continue for some time,” Shetty said.