**Bhubaneswar:** In light of two deaths that have been reported today from Bhubaneswar Railway Station, the need for CCTV surveillance at such a prime location has become a pressing need of the hour.
Notably on June 20, the third State-level committee meeting on railways security in Odisha was held at the DGP’s camp office here. The meeting chaired by DGP R P Sharma deliberated on various aspects of safety and security of rail passengers in the State.
Installation of CCTV cameras and baggage scanners in all railway stations, sharing of information and proper coordination between Railway Police Force (RPF), Government Railway Police (GRP) and local police were among the major points discussed at the meeting.
Roughly two months after the meeting, today morning two deaths have been reported from the capital city’s railway station.
A man committed suicide by hanging himself on Platform No 2-3 of Bhubaneswar Railway Station here today morning.
And, a doctor’s body was found lying on the tracks of Platform No 1 today morning.
Both the deaths could have been avoided or could have helped the police investigation if CCTV cameras had been in place.
While both the bodies have been sent for post-mortem, the real question is that why the installation of CCTV cameras has not begun two months since the high-profile meeting.
Realising the importance of surveillance in Railway Station, Bharat Sahu, GRPF said, “Right now with the limited number of CCTV cameras in the station, not all nooks and corners are under security scrutiny. So, we have informed the railway authorities about the immediate need of CCTV cameras in the railway station to prevent such incidents.”
The entire stretch of the railway platforms is also not well-lit in the night due to which robberies and loots are on the rise. Notably on May 4, some miscreants had robbed a woman passenger of Rs 5 lakh worth of valuables and had fled the spot during the wee hours of the morning under dimly-lit conditions.
Sahu also emphasised on this situation and said, “We have asked the railway authorities to install high mast lights and we are also planning to increase patrolling with the available manpower in order to keep such incidents in check.”
Following the unprecedented rise of criminal activities and deaths on railway tracks and platforms, a third eye surveillance is absolutely necessary in the prime location of a railway station to ensure the safety of the passengers.
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