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Security personnel and their sense of duty

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The train started from Bangalore and the bomb which was planted in it blast at Chennai Central railway station. The train was bound for Guwahati, Assam and when next day the train reached Assam, communal violence started in that state. I’m trying to connect the dots but still fail to understand why so much violence is happening in our motherland? The root cause of terrorism is discrimination and communalism. However, they say that they are seeking justice and revenge. Generally, all communities want to live in harmony. Investigating agencies are also handed and show no bias towards a particular community. India is one of those countries where the lives of people are treated as badly as those of animals. Take the case of pedestrians on our roads. They are treated as cattles crossing the road. Be it bus stands or railway stations, security in this country are equal to none. In fact, after the recent bomb blast at Chennai central station, there were quite a few entries in the Social Media, stating that at least the air passengers are eligible for heavy insurance coverage in the event of casualties and fatalities. It is so frustrating that there is no security for common man. Security should be provided right from the President of India to beggars on the streets. Security personnel wake up after unfortunate events occurs in our country. For a few days after the tragedy, they will be on alert and later display their laziness on duty as usual. This type of mentality among the security staff on duty should be changed and they should always be alert while performing their duties. It is not only security personnel’s duties but even the citizens should be alert and if they come across any suspicious activity then that should be brought to the notice of the concerned authorities. The police department has to take some initiative to educate people in that direction. First thing the new government should do is to set up a fast track judicial process after the culprits are nabbed. New government should be strict towards terrorism irrespective of their religion. Investigations should be done very fast and justice should be brought to victims within a year without political intervention.

Look at Assam, the brutality is beyond imagination. Killings by the Bodo insurgent group, situation in Kokrajhar and adjoining areas continues to be tense but under control. Security forces were keeping strict vigil and remained alert to foil any design by anti-social elements to disturb peace.11 people were killed by the NDFB-Songbijit militants in separate incidents in Kokrajhar district.

A woman was killed and 14 others were injured, two of them critical, when two low-intensity bombs exploded in a span of five minutes on two coaches of the Bangalore-Guwahati train at the busy Central Railway station. The Tamil Nadu government ordered a probe by its special CB-CID wing as police detained a suspect in connection with the blasts.

The biggest security risk in the Railways is the passenger seated in a reserved coach, when the train is in transit. There is no detail available in the reservation list of such passengers. The ticket examiners can carry some reservation forms with them to be filled by the passenger wanting berth in the coach. They should be asked to fill their telephone numbers and the examiner should verify the telephone number by making the call. He can see his telephone number in the passenger’s telephone to make sure the person is genuine, without any cost. The police can also verify the telephone numbers while examining their tickets. Railway authorities should enforce this measure rigorously and they will see even frauds can be caught with this. If this thing comes to an effect then neither thief nor terrorist will dare to enter in reserve compartments. We always see unreserved compartments are too crowded. However, even these compartments should be checked thoroughly.

From airways to railways, roadways to cricket stadium, one should follow a European model and bring the changes to make the life of citizens safer and better. Sense of duty is lacking in all the persons while on duty. An administrative, executive or security job sense of duty should be there. Covert and overt processes should be initiated by Centre to lend across the border support to local sleeper terror modules with or without involving state governments who are not cooperating with the probes. Otherwise, the stories of Mecca Masjid, Dilsukhnagar, Bangalore, Mumbai and recent train blasts will go on forever. Though the principal reason behind all the security lapses is poor training of personnel but public attitude is also one of the reasons.

People start complaining if security personnel stop someone for security checks. For example, when the security guards ask to keep mobile phone in hand while undergoing frisking at metro stations, people don’t like it. They deliberately violate the instructions and then on some unfortunate day, they have to pay the price. I think steps should be taken from both sides. The security checks must be more tightened as well as the public should understand the importance of security measures. This issue cannot be solved by blaming government agencies. To some extent, even we are responsible for it. Our country has the second largest population in the world, it is hard to manage and protect each and every individual. Corruption and greediness is everywhere. I really feel bad about people affected by this.

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Vaidehi Taman
Vaidehi Taman
Vaidehi an Accredited Journalist from Maharashtra is bestowed with three Honourary Doctorate in Journalism. Vaidehi has been an active journalist for past 16 years, and is also the founding editor of an English daily tabloid – Afternoon Voice, a Marathi web portal – Mumbai Manoos, monthly magazine Beyond The News, and The Democracy digital video news portal is her brain child. She is an EC Council Certified Ethical Hacker, OSCP offensive securities, Certified Security Analyst and Licensed Penetration Tester that caters to her freelance jobs. Besides journalism, she is also an Ethical Hacker, Philanthropist, and Author.
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