| Teachers of Carmel School submit a complaint letter to the divisional railway manager in Dhanbad on Monday. Picture by Gautam Dey |
Five personnel of Government Railway Police (GRP) were suspended on Monday for dereliction of duty in connection with the alleged eve-teasing of 93 teenagers at Patna Junction late on Saturday night.
The students of two premier institutions in Dhanbad were allegedly teased by 60 youths on the crowded platform No. 10 of Patna Junction.
The girls, accompanied by five teachers and a nun, were on the Ganga Damodar Express when the youths passed lewd remarks at them. Four constables and a sub-inspector of GRP, Patna, were suspended for disappearing from the scene.
Patna rail superintendent of police (SP) U.K. Sinha said: “We have suspended four constables and a sub-inspector who were on duty when the incident occurred. The action has been taken against them for dereliction of duty.”
He added: “It is very unfortunate that such things have happened at Patna Junction. The railways have started departmental proceedings against all the five personnel. I also came to know that the girls and teachers were forced to travel in another coach, as the youths had blocked the doors of the compartment (S1). The constables and the sub-inspector on duty had disappeared from the scene.”
The four constables suspended are Chandra Mohan Singh, Ram Prit Paswan, Dinesh Kumar and Krishi Chandra Krur.
Sub-inspector Shyam Sunder Singh has also been put under suspension.
Rail SP Sinha said: “I spoke to the teachers too, and they confirmed that they were denied their reserved seats and the youths manhandled them (teachers). As far as the alleged eve-teasing is concerned, the teachers did not say anything.”
The girls were students of classes IX to XII of Carmel School in Dhanbad and Digwadih. They were returning from their two-day educational tour in Patna when the incident occurred between 11.30pm on Saturday and 12.15am on Sunday.
Three teachers and 34 girls were from Carmel School, Dhanbad. Two teachers, the nun and 59 girls were from the school’s Digwadih branch.
The youths, who allegedly teased the girls, were among the aspirants of Group D railway recruitment test held on Sunday morning. They made lewd remarks at the girls, forcibly occupied their reserved seats on the Ganga Damodar Express sleeper coach (S1) and blocked the two doors of the compartment.
As no one came to their help, the traumatised girls and their teachers ran to an AC three-tier coach (B1), where seats had been booked for the students from the Digwadih institution. They chose to spend the night in the crammed compartment and returned home on Sunday morning.
Although Sinha claimed adequate security personnel are deputed on all the 10 platforms of Patna Junction, the platform No. 10 is most unsafe.
Minimal security is available though jawans of Special Auxiliary Police are present on the first floor. The first bomb exploded on the day of Hunkar Rally on this platform.
Platform No. 10 — the Karbigahiya end of the station — is mostly used by local train passengers, as most of these trains depart from this end. Most express trains depart from platform Nos. 1 and 2.
“Around 50 security personnel, including an escort party, are deputed in every shift. There are proper security arrangements,” said Sinha. Commuters say it is only on paper.
Ramesh Singh, a local train passenger and a resident of Kankerbagh, said: “I hardly find any security personnel at platform No. 10. It is the most neglected platform at Patna Junction.”