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HC issues notice to Centre on plea seeking better security at railway stations

The petition, filed by advocate Kush Sharma, highlighted the lack of safety measures at railway stations

NEW DELHI : The Delhi High Court on Friday issued notices to the central government, Railway Board and Railway Protection Force on a petition seeking highest standards of safety and security measures at railway stations across the country.

The next date of hearing is on 13 March.

The petition, filed by advocate Kush Sharma who was represented by Chinmoy Pradip Sharma, highlighted the lack of safety measures at railway stations. “…the Petitioner found the Railway Stations to be lacking in safety measures (lack of Anti Collusion Devices, lack of Alcohol Checking Devices and lack of emergency Telephones on platforms of Indian Railways) and Security measures (lack of CCTV cameras at stations, Lack of Luggage Scanning Devices and lack of Metal Detector Doors and Hand Held Metal Detectors) which the Respondents are mandatorily and duty bound to maintain and provide for in Railway Stations," the plea said.“The right to safety is also a means to secure protection of human rights and prevention of accidents and mishaps…Despite availability of resources, the Respondents have failed to implement and take necessary steps towards making Railway Stations safe and secure through installation of the desired safety and security mechanism," it added.

The petitioner also sought directions to the authorities to act on the railway police audit of Delhi railway stations and submit a safety compliance report to the court in two months.

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