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The Minister of state for Railways, Rajen Gohain ordered installation of CCTV cameras in all the railway stations under Northeast Frontier Railways.

This order came in the wake of the twin murders took place on the same route in Upper Assam within 36 hours.

On July 9th, dead body of a student of Assam Agriculture University, Jorhat was found in the toilet of Kamakhya Express. The very next day, dead body of another woman was recovered from the toilet of a coach reserved for the differently abled in the Avadh Assam Express at Mariani Junction.

In Assam, out of 230 railway stations under the Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR), only 12 stations have closed-circuit camera installations to keep continuous vigil on the movement of people.

On Friday, Assam police, higher officials of NFR, RPF and GRP met to prepare a security plan for the railway in Assam.

The non-functioning of CCTV cameras is also an issue. In Upper Assam’s Banipur railway station, out of seven CCTV cameras, only five are functioning but do not have recording facilities, reports The Telegraph.

Bolin Deori, the additional superintendent of police (headquarters), Sivasagar, and who headed the special investigation team of the twin murders, told the reporters that there was a lapse in the security arrangement at Banipur railway station.

An RPF sub-inspector at Banipur railway station said there is a shortage of manpower because they have to give regular escorts for trains.

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