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BHOPAL: At least 7 lakh people arrived in Bhopal by trains to participate in 3-day Ijtema, which ended on Monday, but not all bags and luggage at Bhopal railway station were checked. Thanks to one luggage scanner at Bhopal railway station, which remained switched off for most of the time in three days after developing a technical snag. The irony is the repaired part could not reach station before last day of ijtema.
Railway officials said, it was used for checking only in morning hours when senior officials visited the station on all three days. As the machinery has been given by Bhopal rail division, it is the duty of government railway police (GRP) and railway protection force (RPF) to check the
luggage, but the two agencies failed to do so.
GRP Bhopal railway station TI Hemant Shrivastava said it is under control of RPF and two people are on duty to check luggage. "Every passenger on railway station was rushing here and there, giving security check a miss. Police officials were just sitting with their sticks on entrance and trying to manage technical glitch at security door every now and then. After making tall claims about security arrangements, a fault in a luggage scanner defeated the entire exercise," told Maninder Bhatia, who reached Bhopal from Delhi by Shatabdi Express.
Over 150 GRP and 45 RPF personnel were deployed at Bhopal station. "We have staff in place to check luggage on monitoring machine, but it was hit by technical glitch every now and then. The department did not care for it before Ijtema. No doubt, it's a major flaw in security when crowd in lakhs are coming. They said it will be working when a defected part is replaced but no one came till Monday," R K Upadhyaya, TI, RPF, Bhopal railway station. "Though it's duty of police officials, we will get machine checked if the fault lies with our department," said IA sidiqqui, spokesperson for Bhopal rail division.
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