Kochi: The Railway Protection Force (RPF)
has begun implementing a special security scheme in various
railway stations across the state during Sabarimala season for
providing extended security to pilgrims.
An additional strength of 100 RPF personnel has been
mobilised from other divisions of Southern Railway. Altogether
275 head constables and constables and 15 officers in the rank
of ASI have been pressed into service for security to
pilgrims, railways said in a press release here.
Special security scheme has been implemented in the
Thiruvananthapuram division at Kanyakumari, Chengannur,
Kottayam, Tiruvala, Ernakulam junction and town, Thrissur and
Guruvayur railway stations, the release said.
Officers and staff nominated have been asked to be
polite and exhibit pleasing manners to pilgrims. A drive would
be conducted against usage of stove, gas cylinders and other
inflammable articles in trains and station area and suspects
and history sheeters would be kept under close surveillance,
the release said.
RPF`s round-the-clock pilgrim assistance booths were
opened at Chengannur and Kottayam railway stations to assist
the pilgrims. Regular anti-sabotage check is being conducted
at railway stations by dog squads.