CISF asks Delhi Metro to fix "weak links" in security infra

Days after a man smuggled a country-made pistol inside the Delhi Metro premises, the CISF on Monday said it has asked Metro authorities to immediately plug a long-existing "weak link" in the security infrastructure at some of the stations in its network.

New Delhi: Days after a man smuggled a country-made pistol inside the Delhi Metro premises, the CISF on Monday said it has asked Metro authorities to immediately plug a long-existing "weak link" in the security infrastructure at some of the stations in its network.

"We found there is a weak link in the security system of the said station (Chandani Chowk). This weak link or to say structural deficiency has been in the notice for sometime. The Intelligence Bureau had done an audit of Metro stations and it was mentioned in their report and CISF too has mentioned about this existing flaw to Metro authorities more than one time in writing.

"We have again taken it up with them to do something to plug this," CISF Director General, Surender Singh told PTI.

Singh, whose force is responsible to secure the Metro network and its passengers, said it was by taking the "advantage" of this weak link that 22-year-old Shivesh Kumar was able to smuggle in a bag, containing the said weapon, by easily hoodwinking security personnel last week.

He is later alleged to have used the gun to shoot himself grievously after he got down at the Rajiv Chowk Metro Station.

The Central Industrial Security Force chief said the bag was handed over to Kumar by his sister from over a 3-feet glass partition which is located in the unsecured area of the Chandani Chowk station.

The force now wants these glass partitions to be extended in length to upto 6 ft so that no one is able to breach Metro security and will have to mandatorily go through the manual frisking and scanning of baggage through the designated entry points.

The October 1 incident brought to light the vulnerability of some heavy footfall receiving stations of the rapid transport system of the national capital region which receives an estimated 26 lakh passengers each day.

Singh said the force will also enhance the number of its personnel on this system keeping in mind security requirements.

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