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Visitors to be banned from railway stations
Anand Mohan Sahay in Patna | July 21, 2006 19:28 IST
Railway Minister Lalu plans to ban entry of visitors on railway platforms in view of Mumbai blast.
People will not be allowed to visit railway platforms by taking a platform ticket of Rs 3 in case railway ministry formally announced to ban entry of visitors on platforms.
"We are thinking of banning visitors from coming inside trains and even to the platforms to see off their near and dear ones," Lalu said.
Lalu told a gathering at the Rajendra Nagar Terminal in Patna on Thursday night that those who want to see off their relatives or friends will have to do so from outside the platform. "They have to go back from platforms" he said.
Lalu reminded that railway was the soft target of terrorists.
He said that some people, particularly anti-social and criminal elements might be taking advantage of platform tickets to place dangerous objects to target railway. "It is a matter of serious concern for us." he said.
"We are planning to monitor the safety measures through Railway Control Room for which the RPF will be equipped with modern technology," he said.