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Government of India
Ministry of Railways
Question No. 2184
To be answered on 06th December 2019
Explosion at Hubballi Railway Station
Will the Minister of RAILWAYS be pleased to state:
(a)Whether the Ministry admits that lapse by the Railway Protection Force (RPF) staff was prima facie evident in the low-intensity explosion at Hubballi railway station that occurred on 21st October, 2019 where one civilian was injured;
(b)If so, the details thereof; and
(c)The additional steps taken by Government to increase safety of passengers at railway stations in the country, considering the increasing threat of anti-national elements?
Minister of Railways and Commerce & Industry
(Shri Piyush Goyal)
(a)to (c)A Statement is laid on the Table of the House.
STATEMENT REFERRED TO IN REPLY TO PARTS (a) TO (c) OF UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 2184 BY SHRI RAJEEV CHANDRASEKHAR ANSWERED IN RAJYA SABHA ON 06.12.2019 REGARDING EXPLOSION AT HUBBALLI RAILWAY STATION
(a)And (b) A low intensity explosion occurred at Hubballi Railway Station on 21.10.2019. On receiving information regarding a left-over luggage in Train no. 17225 at Hubballi Railway Station (Platform no. 4), Railway Protection Force (RPF) took unclaimed baggage to Station Manager’s Office and some paddy dust in red cloth along with 08 nos. of small plastic boxes with dry lemon like articles were found inside it. A food supplier took one lemon like article and tried to break it and a low intensity explosion took place injuring his palm. Immediately he was rushed to the hospital by RPF. Since the unclaimed luggage was handled without observing due precaution and an outsider was permitted to tamper with contents of the unclaimed luggage, the Station Master as well as the RPF personnel on duty have been taken up for lapses on their part.
(c)Policing on Railways being a State subject, prevention of crime, registration of cases, their investigation and maintenance of law and order in Railway premises as well as on running trains are the statutory responsibility of the State Governments, which they discharge through Government Railway Police (GRP)/District Police. Cases of Indian Penal Code (IPC) crimes are registered and investigated by the concerned GRP. Railway Protection Force (RPF) supplements the efforts of GRP to provide better protection and security to passenger area and passengers and for matters connected therewith.
However, the following steps are also being taken by the Railways in coordination with GRP for safety and security of passengers in trains and at stations: -