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Kolkata, March 9 Two girls were injured Friday at Nandigram in East Midnapore district during a shootout between Left activists and a group protestin

Railways have decided to put in place a counter strategy that would include raising additional manpower of the Railway Protection Force in the wake of the incident of detention of train on March 13, 2006 in Latehar district in Jharkhand and other naxal attacks on Railway property in Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand, West Bengal etc. and increased threat perception on account of activities of extremist groups in Jammu & Kashmir, North-East and naxal affected States. The idea is not to substitute Government Railway Police or the State police with Railway Protection Force but to deploy armed Railway Protection Force personnel, adequately trained and equipped, on escort duty in trains particularly on the sections identified as vulnerable in naxal affected areas, so as to act as a deterrent.

Naxalites activities is an ongoing problem. However, it is expected that training and modernization of Railway Protection Force personnel will yield fruitful results in near future for Railway security.

This information was given by the Minister of Railways Shri R.Velu in written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today.PIB

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