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News Entry# 224909
May 17 2015 (08:20) iamin Check: Security loopholes at New Delhi Railway Station risking passengers' safety (www.iamin.in)
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News Entry# 224909  Blog Entry# 1472116   
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May 17 2015 (8:20AM)
Station Tag: New Delhi/NDLS added by rdb**/69261
Stations:  New Delhi/NDLS  
New Delhi Railway Station (NDLS), with a daily footfall of five lakh people, has fortunately not witnessed any major terror attack. But it is put on high alert every time there is a terror attack. There have been some improvements in the stations’ security post 26/11. Despite a series of security upgrades, some loopholes continue to exist, which are potentially dangerous.     Flaw no 1: No manual frisking at entrance, anti-social elements can get in without being checked  
  The entry to platform no. 16 is directly accessible from the main entrance of Ajmeri Gate. While there were two policemen to check the luggage in the X-ray scanning machine, the passengers were able to get in without any frisking. A
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metal detector, which is now commonly deployed even in theatres, was not present. In fact, there was a separate entrance where passengers without luggage could move without any hindrance.     Flaw no 2: Barricades on, but no policeman around  
  After 26/11 attacks, the multiple entry and exit points were restricted by the Railways’ security forces. But some loopholes still exist. What used to be once an open access to platform no. 16 is now sealed off by a steel gate. But with no policeman around the gate, illegal substances or weapons can be easily sneaked into the platform.   This is not all. While the passengers patiently wait for their turn to get their luggage scanned, there are few who can easily bypass that process and get into the platform.  
    Flaw no 3: Two wheelers are allowed to be parked without any checking  
  In many instances, two wheelers had been used to carry out bomb blasts. But at NDLS station’s parking, security goes for a toss. Unlike the car parking, the two wheeler parking is inside the premises of the Ajmeri Gate station. There is no security checking of two wheelers at its entrance. Ropes are fastened around poles for a makeshift boundary.     Flaw no 4: Bunker does not have a policeman  
  In order to keep vigil on anti-social elements, heavy bunkers have been strategically put up in front of the Ajmeri Gate station. One such bunker did not have a policeman.     Background: Indian Railways has witnessed some of the worst terrorist attacks. In 2006, powerful bomb blasts ripped through seven trains in Mumbai. Within 11 minutes, the explosions killed 206 and injured more than 700 people. Two years later, on 26th September 2008, a bloody shoot-out at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus occurred. Ajmal Kasab and his LeT accomplice massacred 56 innocent people in the station’s premises. It's high time the security of New Delhi Railway station is beefed up to thwart any such attack.     (The reporter’s observation are based on a recce of the railway station which he carried out at around 5.15 pm on 13th May, 2015)

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