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Armed escort cover in trains strengthened

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COIMBATORE: In an effort aimed at reducing incidents of theft and robbery on running trains, the Railway Police have stepped up provision of armed escort in long distance trains. Following incidents of passengers being duped of their belongings and chain snatches that were reported at frequent intervals, the Railway Police have deployed two constables in each train and are armed with wireless walkie-talkies, mobile phones, a search light and a 303 fire-arm. When contacted, the Deputy Superintendent of Police, Railway Police, Coimbatore Sub-Division, B. Nagarajan said trains, which require such escorts, had been identified. Each constable was expected to patrol a minimum of six to nine coaches. There would be one sub-inspector performing the role of a supervisory officer patrolling the train. In addition, special teams in civil dress will also travel in some of the frequent incident-prone trains.Inspectors and the DSP will take turns and conduct surprise checks.

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