Bomb blasts in Chennai: Travel advisory to rail passengers
In the wake of this bomb blasts at Chennai Central Railway Station this morning, South Central Railway (SCR) General Manager P K Srivastava advised the passengers that in case they notice any suspicious/unclaimed articles or explosive or inflammable materials in trains or at stations, they may immediately alert the nearest railway staff or call on 040-27833366 or SMS to 09701370728 to enable the Railways initiate prompt action.
Mr Srivastava reviewed the security measures on SCR and has directed that the Security be beefed up all over the Zone, a SCR release said here today.
Acting on the same, the Railway Protection Force (RPF) along with the Government Railway Police (GRP) personnel have intensified security and are carrying out extensive checks at railway stations and trains on the entire Zone.
The General Manager also instructed that a thorough check of all terminating and originating trains be conducted jointly by the RPF, Carriage & Wagon and Electrical staff. In the light of the enhanced security drill, SCR appeals to passengers to remain alert during the course of their rail journey in the interest of public safety and security.
It is also reiterated that the rail passengers shall not carry fire crackers or inflammable substance such as Gas Cylinder, Petrol, Diesel, Kerosene, Stoves, Lantern, Explosive Chemical Powder, detonating substances, as luggage and parcel with them in trains or in railway premises as the same is prohibited.
Carrying of such articles poses grave safety threat and creates a highly unsafe situation for all the rail passengers.
As per section 67, 154, 164 and 165 of the Railways Act 1989, carrying inflammable and explosive articles on Railways is a punishable offence, which entails punishment of upto three years imprisonment or fine up to Rs 1,000 or both, besides being liable for the loss/injury or damage caused.
Apart from checks to ensure safety in rail travel, SCR is making concerted efforts to make people aware of the danger posed by unclaimed and suspicious luggage and carrying fireworks and inflammables on Railway through publicity on the Print and Electronic media.
(Posted on 01-05-2014)