Railways to train passengers to combat terrorism

Railway police would launch a drive `Operation Savdhan` on Monday at Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) Railway station where passengers would be trained to be more alert against crimes, especially terrorism.

Updated: Oct 10, 2010, 20:36 PM IST

Mumbai: Railway police would launch a drive
`Operation Savdhan` on Monday at Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus
(CST) Railway station where passengers would be trained to be
more alert against crimes, especially terrorism.

The volunteers would also be told about dos and don’ts in
case of any eventuality.

"Over 400 passengers are expected to turn up for the
training. There will be a power point presentation in which
previous terror attacks in India and abroad would be shown and
how the security forces countered them," Raj Khilnani,
Additional Director General (Railway) said.

"Similar training sessions would be held on regular basis
going by the response of the passengers," he said.

Railway establishments have always been soft targets
because of the presence of large crowd and chaotic environment.
Any mission against terror would be grossly incomplete without
the active engagement and participation of the citizens,
Khilnani said.

"Operation Savdhan can equip the citizens with right
knowledge and skills so that they can extend a helping hand to
the police force to combat terror. The purpose of the drive is
to use the same citizens, who are victim, as a formidable
resistance against terror," he added.

The Mumbai suburban Railway has witnessed several blasts
in which hundreds were killed. In 2003, a bomb went off in a
train in Mulund and in July 2006, a series of seven bombs
ripped through suburban trains. In November 2008 Chhatrapati
Shivaji Terminus was attacked during the Mumbai terror attacks
in which over 50 people were killed.

PTI