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Bangalore city station to get bomb detection squad

By Our Staff Reporter

BANGALORE SEPT. 20. A bomb detection and disposal squad would be set up at the Bangalore City Railway Station as part of a modernisation programme taken up by the Railways, R.N. Aga, General Manager, South Western Railway, announced on Saturday.

Mr. Aga, who was participating in the 19th Railway Protection Force (RPF) Raising Day celebrations here, said the squad would become functional soon.

He recalled the origin of the RPF in 1882 when the erstwhile Company Railways appointed a watch and ward staff.

A.K. Moorthy, Minister of State for Railways, who was the chief guest, said the RPF should be given the power to punish those it arrested, depending on the severity of the offence.

He said those who were prone to breaking laws and creating nuisance in trains should be made to feel the presence of RPF personnel.

Appreciating the work done by the RPF, Mr. Moorthy sanctioned a cash award of Rs. 2 lakh for RPF personnel. A colourful ceremonial parade, dog show, and tattoo exhibition were held during the programme.

RPF personnel participated in a blood donation camp organised on the occasion.

The Divisional Railway Manager, Mahesh Kumar, the Additional Divisional Railway Manager, Vijay Agarwal, the Inspector-General of Police (Railways), M.A. Hafeez, and the Divisional Security Commissioner, A.N. Sinha, were present.

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