Devbrat Patnaik

New Delhi: While a huge 70 lakh applications have been received for 9,000 vacancies in the RPF, a top Railway Protection Force (RPF) official said that the Railway Board has decided to have its own full-fledged cyber cell and constituted a committee to work out modalities.

He said Railways has recieved 70 lakh applications for 9,000 vacancies in the RPF for which recruitment in currently underway.

"The Railway Board has constituted a committee which represents the RPF also to set up a cyber cell. Such a cell is needed for not only for the RPF, but also for entire Railway security, for commercial activities, for tendering process kind of works.

"Therefore, it has been decided to have a cyber cell at the Railway Board level," said Arun Kumar, Director General of RPF.

"And we have said the cell should function under the RPF. Let the committee take a call on this," he said.

Kumar was in the city to review security measures and coordination with other agencies, including the GRP.

Addressing reporters, he said, "Besides having a general cyber cell of Railways at a central location, we also required to have own cyber cell at zonal and divisional levels."

The 1985-batch IPS officer said the RPF plans to put in place elaborate security arrangements at important stations across the country including Mumbai, to prevent 26/11-like terrorist attacks, he said.

He said, "Under the Integrated Security System(ISS), several state-of-the-art and technical devises and instruments such as DFMD, HHMD, CCTV cameras have been installed.

"In addition to this, we have trained commandos deployed as a Quick Response Team (QRT) and bullet proof bunkers have also been installed at 30 stations of Western Railway and 17 stations at Central Railway," he said.

The officer said the RPF has taken measures to curb activities of touts.

"To curb touting, we had conducted a countrywide drive on November 2 at 110 cities and our team successfully seized tickets generated produced through duplicate software. We seized railway tickets worth Rs 12 crore and arrested 600 offenders," Kumar said.

Explaining the modus operandi of such offenders, Kumar said through their own software, they first partially hack IRCTC's website, book available tickets and sell them through social media platforms.

[With PTI Inputs]