Con­sider post­ing se­cu­ri­ty­men at exit gates, HC tells DMRC

The Indian Express - - THE CITY - EX­PRESS NEWS SER­VICE

WEEKS AF­TER a 21-year-old speech and hear­ing im­paired girl went miss­ing from Adarsh Na­gar Metro sta­tion, the Delhi High Court has asked the Delhi Metro Rail Cor­po­ra­tion (DMRC) to con­sider pro­vid­ing se­cu­rity per­son­nel at the Au­to­matic Fare Col­lec­tion (AFC) exit gates.

The DMRC and Metro po­lice will also have to sub­mit an af­fi­davit per­tain­ing to all miss­ing per­sons’ cases, said a bench of Jus­tice Vipin Sanghi and Jus­tice A K Pathak.

Coun­sel for Cen­tral In­dus­trial Se­cu­rity Force (CISF) in­formed the court that as per CCTV footage, the miss­ing woman ex­ited the sta­tion with­out a ticket af­ter tail­gat­ing with another pas­sen­ger. Af­ter fail­ing to exit two times, she was fi­nally suc­cess­ful on the third at­tempt, said the coun­sel, un­der­lin­ing CISF’S pri­mary re­spon­si­bil­ity to screen pas­sen­gers and their lug­gage be­fore en­ter­ing Metro sta­tions.

The DMRC said AFC exit gates were manned in sta­tions, where there is heavy rush of pas­sen­gers. It also said the sen­sors of the AFC gates were un­able to de­tect if two per­sons ex­ited the gate.

Se­nior stand­ing coun­sel for Delhi Gov­ern­ment, Rahul Mehra, said the speech and hear­ing im­paired woman “shad­owed along” with another per­son, and the ma­chine al­lowed two peo­ple to exit at one time.

Had the ma­chine al­lowed only one per­son to exit, the woman would have been within the con­fines of the Metro sta­tion. This posed larger se­cu­rity con­cerns, and from the per­spec­tive of cit­i­zen se­cu­rity, there had to be some Stan­dard Op­er­at­ing Pro­ce­dures (SOPS), which could be im­ple­mented by the DMRC, he said.

Af­ter The In­dian Ex­press had re­ported about the girl go­ing miss­ing, the Delhi High Court, tak­ing cog­nizance of the news re­port, asked Delhi Po­lice what it has done to trace the woman and asked them to file a sta­tus re­port.

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