CISF personnel to be on board Metro coaches late at night

Wednesday

Metro commuters at night can now travel without worry. To ensure safety of women passengers, the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) will deploy personnel clad in uniform and plain clothes on Metro trains from 8.30 pm till the service ends at 11 pm.

"CISF personnel will be on duty, both in plain clothes and uniform. They will patrol Metro coaches and platforms to ensure security of passengers, especially women," CISF chief Rajiv said.

The personnel will keep an eye on troublemakers, if any, on trains and women police personnel will travel in the first coach which is reserved for women, he said.

The decision was taken in the wake of the December 16 gangrape of a 23-year-old woman on board a moving bus in South Delhi. She later died of her injuries.

The CISF Director General had undertaken a surprise inspection of the Metro network after the December 16 incident.

He said these orders have been issued with immediate effect and both the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) and Delhi Police have been informed about the new measure.

The CISF has also deployed two exclusive women Quick Reaction Teams at Karol Bagh and Chandni Chowk Metro stations to meet any emergency, Rajiv said. A CISF helpline has been started for Delhi Metro 011-22185555.

Commuters can report harassment or molestation attempts to this number, Rajiv said.

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