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Even after Chennai blasts, Pune railway station security is minimal

Saturday, 3 May 2014 - 9:54am IST | Place: Pune | Agency: DNA
While security has been beefed up at Pune airport and defence establishments, no special arrangements at railway station

Pune: Though the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) has beefed up security at the Pune airport following the twin blasts at Chennai Central railway station on Thursday, the Government Railway Police (GRP) seem to be least bothered about the safety of passengers at the Pune railway station. 
While the GRP authorities claimed that they have increased the vigilance and their personnel were checking the luggage with the help of scanners, dna on Friday found that no special security arrangements were made at the station. Except for a lone GRP constable standing at a few metres away from the scanners, there were no policemen to man the scanners and check the luggage of passengers.
However, GRP inspector Abhay Parmar said, “ We have increased the vigilance at the railway station and the luggages were being checked with the help of baggage scanners. Our teams are taking rounds of entire station area to keep a watch on any suspicious activity.” Meanwhile, the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) has beefed up the security by deploying the Quick Response Team (QRT) at the Pune airport, which falls under the hyper-sensitive airport category. It has also pressed the dog squads into service besides doing manual checking of baggage.
Apart from that, security at various defence establishments has also been increased with army personnel carrying out security checks on military roads. However, no special security arrangements have been made at the Pune railway station.
Soon after the blasts in Chennai, the CISF had issued an alert to all its units deployed at various domestic and international airports. 
An official of Pune airport told dna, “The Pune airport falls under hyper-sensitive airport category as it is situated on the Indian Air Force land and the IAF also has its base here. After the alert was issued, security at the airport has been stepped up. We have deployed QRT which is taking rounds of the airport round-the-clock. Apart from that, we have also deployed six dogs squads which are carrying out regular checks. The security staff is also focusing on manual checking of baggages to ensure any unwanted material does not get inside the terminal.”

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