Mysuru railway needs 700 security staff, has just 370
The absence of security personnel puts passengers and ticket checking staff at risk. When the ticket checking staff ask for tickets, anti-social elements behave rudely and even threaten them.
On Sunday, a robber pushed a ticket checking staff out of a moving train. The drama unfolded when the staff member tried to hand over the unruly traveller after he was caught robbing a cellphone.
Speaking to TOI, Prakash Kumar Panda, divisional security commissioner, South Western Railway (Mysuru division), said: “The present 370 posts were sanctioned based on number of trains and passengers in 2001. Now, there are more trains and more passengers. To meet the present requirement, we need around 700 RPF personnel. The decision in this regard should be taken up by the railway board. Mysuru division covers nearly 370km, involving Hubballi, Mangaluru and Chamarajanagar. Over the past year, we have increased escorts on 16-20 trains. We have also started night operation drive, wherein we get feedback from passengers. Every year, we receive 10-15 cases.”