Dera conviction: VIGIL intensified at Delhi metro stations

New Delhi, Aug 25: The CISF has stepped up vigil at Delhi metro stations in the national capital region and is carrying out intensive security drills at those which border or fall in Haryana and UP in the wake of violence triggered by rape conviction of the Dera Sacha Sauda chief.

"We have intensified our vigil and enhanced manpower at Delhi Metro stations. At certain stations that border or fall in neighbouring Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, the security drills and frisking have been enhanced," CISF Director General (DG) O P Singh told PTI.

He said the force has also "intensified" patrolling by its quick reaction teams (QRTs) in the metro network in order to thwart any untoward activity.

"We are in regular touch with the Delhi Police and the two state police forces and are keeping a close eye on the activities at all the stations," he said, adding the frisking of passengers has been intensified at few stations. 

Meanwhile, one metro station--Samaypur Badli--was closed for around 40 minutes on Line 2. The station was closed at 9 PM and reopened at around 9.40, a official of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) said, adding that rest of the stations were running normally.

A senior official of the CISF said that all the unit commanders of the Delhi metro security wing have been asked to be on the ground by the DG.

CISF Deputy Inspector General (Metro security) Raghubir Lal is himself camping at the Anand Vihar metro station where few train coaches, stationed in the neighbouring Anand Vihar railway station, were set afire by miscreants, the official said.

The CISF is tasked to secure the over 150 Delhi metro stations in the NCR that witnesses a footfall of over 26 lakh daily.

Self-styled godman Ram Rahim Singh's conviction by a Panchkula court had triggered widespread violence and arson by his supporters in Punjab and Haryana, with a few incidents being reported from the national capital too.