Delhi Metro: Security-Hold Area Widened, Covered Faces Prohibited 


Using any kind of cloth or cover like surgical masks, mufflers, ‘dupatta’ or anti-pollution caps will be prohibited in all metro station in New Delhi. (Photo: iStockPhoto)
Using any kind of cloth or cover like surgical masks, mufflers, ‘dupatta’ or anti-pollution caps will be prohibited in all metro station in New Delhi. (Photo: iStockPhoto)

Delhi Metro: Security-Hold Area Widened, Covered Faces Prohibited 

Delhi Metro commuters won’t be allowed to cover their faces using surgical masks or mufflers anymore. The security-hold area in about two dozen stations has been expanded in view of the new security drills being deployed to guard the rapid rail network effectively.

In the wake of a daring heist at the Rajinder Place metro station on Monday, where two unidentified men stormed the control room and looted around Rs 12 lakh cash, the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) has issued a set of fresh instructions.

Using any kind of cloth or cover like surgical masks, mufflers, ‘dupatta’ or anti-pollution caps will be prohibited since the two men captured on the CCTV were wearing masks during the attack.

Only terminally ill or serious patients will be allowed to cover their faces using a mask or cover. Everyone else will have to remove the face cover while being frisked. This to ensure that all faces are seen by security personnel and are also captured on CCTV cameras. In case there is an incident, everyone should be identifiable.
CISF Officials

The security force has moved its door-frame metal detectors and baggage X-ray machines closer to the entry gate. This is will ensure that the passenger and baggage security check will happen sooner than the existing protocol.

A senior CISF official said only the security-hold area has been expanded and brought under the view of the security personnel and this measure will not add to any additional hassles or time taken during frisking.

The measure has been taken keeping in mind the overall security of Metro stations. While close to 24 stations are being brought under the new security mechanism in the first go, the CISF will initiate these at more and more stations as and when the space is obtained.
CISF Officials

Officials said that after a coordinated analysis carried out by CISF, Ministry of Home Affairs, Delhi Police and Intelligence Bureau, the decision was taken to cover the station area right from where the tokens are sold to commuters.

At a number of stations, the height of the glass partition is also gradually being increased to about 6 feet so that no exchange of goods take place.

Close to 5,000 CISF men and women are deployed to secure the stations operational in the national capital and its neighbouring cities of Ghaziabad, Noida, Faridabad and Gurgaon.

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