Since 26/11, GRP has received only eight bulletproof vests
Mumbai: Over two years after the busy
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) witnessed bloodbath during
26/11 carnage, police guarding railway stations that are on
terror groups' radar have received only eight bullet-proof
jackets as against the requirement of 220 vests.
This was disclosed by Police Commissioner (Government
Railway Police) Tukaram Chavan while giving details of annual
"crime sheet" under railway jurisdiction today.
"Following the Mumbai terror attacks, the government
decided to give us bullet-proof jackets. We requested for 220
jackets, but so far we have received just eight," he said.
The delay in procurement is because formalities are
taking a long time for completion, Chavan said.
"We hope to receive more jackets very soon."
The Mumbai's suburban railway network ferries more
than seven million commuters daily. GRP has a total of 35,000
personnel guarding the railway stations round the clock in the
metropolis. Apart from GRP, Railway Protection Force has also
been deployed to guard the railway network.
During the 2008 attacks, Pakistani terrorist Ajmal
Kasab and his associate Abu Ismail barged into the CST
station, one of the busiest in India, and indiscriminately
fired at people killing over 50.