Court issues notices on lack of security in trains

February 18th, 2009 - 9:56 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Feb 18 (IANS) The Delhi High Court Wednesday sought a response from the railways on a public interest litigation (PIL) filed over inadequate arrangements for security to passengers in trains.
A division bench headed by Chief Justice Ajit Prakash Shah and Justice Sanjeev Khana issued notice to the Railway Board chairman and the central government and asked them for their response by April 15.

The bench was hearing a PIL filed by advocate Usha Nandini, who alleged that the existing safety measures are not adequate as there have been reports of dacoity, robberies and thefts in running trains.

The petitioner said the court should direct the railway authorities to ensure that only genuine passengers have the access to reserved compartments. It should make it mandatory that only passengers with valid ID Proof enter the reserved compartments.

The petitioner also cited a dacoity that took place in the Kerala Express on Jan 24 in the IInd AC coach from Delhi to Kerala. The passengers were drugged and looted of all their valuables. The petition demanded a compensation of Rs.100,000 to each of the victims.

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