Two persons have been arrested in connection with the Rs 12 lakh heist at a metro station in Delhi.
One of the accused is believed to be a former metro staffer, a senior police official said on Wednesday.
They were arrested in a late night operation. On early Monday morning, two men had stormed inside the control room at Rajendra Place station on Delhi Metro’s blue line, stabbed the station controller and made away with station earnings of around Rs 12 lakh.
In the wake of a daring heist at the Rajinder Place station on Tuesday where two unidentified men stormed the control room and looted around Rs 12 lakh cash, the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) has issued a set of fresh instructions dis-allowing covering of the face by travellers using any kind of cloth or cover like surgical masks, mufflers, ‘dupatta’ or anti-pollution caps.
Delhi Metro commuters will henceforth not be allowed to cover their faces using surgical masks or mufflers even as the security-hold area at close to two dozen stations has been expanded in view of the new security drills being deployed to more effectively guard the rapid rail network.
The two men, also captured on the CCTV, were wearing masks during their entry and exit at the station. “Only terminally ill or serious patients will be allowed to cover their faces using a mask or cover. Everyone else who
uses a cover for a variety of reasons like to beat the heat, pollution or for fear of contracting infection will have to remove the face cover while getting frisked.
“The measure was there in place and suspicious people were asked to remove it during frisking but it will now be strictly implemented in all cases. This to ensure that all faces are seen by security personnel and are also captured on CCTV cameras. In case there is an incident, everyone should be identifiable,” officials said.
At close to two dozen stations on the Yellow line (HUDA City Centre-Jahangirpuri) and Blue line (Dwarka Sector 21-Noida City Centre/Vaishali), the CISF has expanded its security apparatus and brought under control large areas under its armed cover.
The force has moved its door-frame metal detectors and baggage X-ray machines closer towards the entry gate which entails passengers being frisked and their luggage being scanned much ahead as compared to the existing protocol.
A senior CISF official said only the security-hold area has been expanded and brought under the view of the security personnel and this measure will not add to any additional hassles or time taken during frisking.
“The measure has been taken keeping in mind the overall security of Metro stations. While close to 24 stations are being brought under the new security mechanism in the first go, the CISF will initiate these at more and more stations as and when the space is obtained,” they said.
The new area domination at the stations, they said, has been executed keeping in mind a last year’s incident when a man sneaked in his luggage through the low height glass partition and then used a gun kept therein to shoot himself at the busy Rajiv Chowk Metro station.