Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Tight security checks underway at Naypyitaw and Rangoon railway stations

Tuesday, 07 June 2011 11:09 Kyaw Kha

Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – After a bomb exploded on the Mandalay-Naypyitaw train in Takkon Township near Naypyitaw in May, all passengers are passing through bomb detection machines at the Rangoon, Naypyitaw and other nearby stations, authorities say.

The Rangoon Railway Station. Photo: Mizzima
Security police at the entrances and exits to the stations and on the trains are also checking passengers.

‘In the past, the police checked people only when they had sensitive information. But starting two weeks ago, all passengers are checked at the entrances and exits of the stations. We carry out the checks both day and night’, a railway police official in Naypyitaw told Mizzima.

Bomb detection machines have also been installed at stations in  Kyitaungkan, Ywataw and Magyipinkwin, which are near Naypyitaw, said a security officer.

‘We conducted security checks in the past. But now we have been put under a greater threat, so we conduct more security checks. Officers also get on the trains check passengers’, said a railway police official.

On May 18, a time bomb exploded in a railway carriage traveling from Shwe Station to Sinthay Station in Tatkon Township on the Rangoon-Mandalay railroad, killing a man and a woman and injuring nine people.

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