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New security checks at railway stations proposed

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https://m.businesstoday.in/story/arr.../1/307447.html

Imagine the mess at entry points in stations like Howrah, if everyone arrives only 15-20 min before departure of trains.

They say they are testing it at Allahabad Station during the Kumbh Mela.

And I wonder if the checks end up being just as symbolic as the ones where you walk through a beeping detector.

How do they want to check the luggage, with the kinds of things that Indians routinely travel with? And that within 20 minutes before departure...

I wonder if soon there will also be restrictions what passengers can bring, like the liquid restrictions at airports.

It sounds to me like the proposal was drafted by people who do not routinely travel by train.
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I have observed that trains come to platform around 25 minutes before departure. People reach the stations , specially the monster ones like Howrah usually a lot earlier. Now putting a security checking process, which is welcome on the face of it, means the passengers have to be checked out into a separate enclosure till they board . That needs a humongous amount of space which is simply not there. So in all probabilities going to be another wet-dream for chaos-junkies.
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Apparently not everyone would be searched thoroughly. Every 8-9th passenger would be selected randomly for a detailed check.
However the plan is to restrict the entry and exit through few entrances, which will have scanners. The rest of the railway station is to be secured for unauthorised entry points.
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What are the actual dangerous incidents so far which could be prevented by this?

Is it just an added precaution for future eventualities?

Possibly inviting the test by criminals/terrorists.

Imagine at small stations where one can walk along the tracks to get into the stations. What they want to do there? Install cameras everywhere? Total surveillance coming?
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New security checks at railway stations proposed

This has been done before, in the wake of some serious event, I forget which.

There is already a great list of things one not carry on train. As far as I recall, mostly reasonable. Probably often ignored.
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Yes Nick but I meant the more common things like the ones forbidden on carry-ons in plane-travel. After all almost all is carry on in trains.
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The things banned on Indian trains are things that people in India do consider more common things!

But, I guess, the restrictions don't yet approach those of flying. We can still take out large tube of toothpaste on a train

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