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Security enhanced on all Pak-bound trains: Duggal
S. Satyanarayanan
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 20
In the wake of blasts in the Samjhauta Express on Sunday night, the government today ordered the enhancing of security for all trains and buses bound for Pakistan and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and the scanning of baggages of all passengers.

ôSecurity has been beefed up in all trains and buses between India and Pakistan, union home secretary V.K. Duggal told mediapersons here.

Among the trains for which security was boosted were the Thar Express between Munnabao in Rajasthan and Khokrapar in Sindh and the Samjhauta Express.

Security in metro rail too had been tightened.

During the day, Mr Duggal discussed at length various measures to strengthen security on trains plying on highly sensitive routes with Railway Board chairperson J.P. Batra.

Referring to the meeting he had with Mr Batra, the home secretary said the Railways had put a system in place, particularly on certain sensitive sectors.

Mr Duggal said a high-level meeting between the Home and Railways ministries is likely to be held next week to discuss measures to further tone up security.

Sources said the government had been considering the installation of close circuit television and the use of sniffer dogs at stations.

They said security of buses plying between the two countries, including those operating between Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, would also be increased.

Jammu and Kashmir director-general of police Gopal Sharma had a meeting with Mr Duggal, during which security arrangements on buses plying between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad and Poonch and Rawalakot were taken up.

Asked about Samjhauta Express blasts, Mr Duggal maintained that security agencies had information, but it was too premature to talk about it. An investigation was on to probe the incident from all angles.

The disappearance of four persons from the train was being looked into and security agencies were gathering more evidence before zeroing in on this theory.



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