A woman and her relatives created a ruckus at Patna Junction on Sunday night after a travelling ticket examiner (TTE) allegedly misbehaved with her on a running train.
According to Meena Kumari’s (name changed) statement, the “eve-teasing and misbehaviour” started at 7.30am, when she boarded the Dibrugarh Town-New Delhi Rajdhani Express (12423) at Guwahati along with her three-year-old son. She had a reservation for berth number 31 in the B-10 coach.
Meena (35), a resident of Uttar Pradesh, was bound for her parent’s house in Kanpur’s Shastrinagar area.
According to eyewitness Ravi Kumar, the TTE started asking Meena too many questions when he saw the woman without any male companion. “Forget the unnecessary questions, he (the ticket examiner) even touched her hand and misbehaved with her. While asking questions, he tried to molest her,” Kumar said.
The woman then called up her husband to inform him about the railway employee’s actions. Her husband immediately contacted the Government Railway Police (GRP) at New Jalpaiguri. He also spoke to his relatives in Patna and asked them to rush to Patna Junction.
The New Jalpaiguri GRP tried to arrest the TTE, identified as Bharat Kumar Sharma, when the train reached the station. However, he managed to escape from the train before it could arrive at New Jalpaiguri.
When the train arrived at Patna Junction on platform number four around 10pm, the woman’s relatives, who were waiting for the train to arrive, created a scene at the station.
The train had to halt for two hours instead of the stipulated 10 minutes because her relatives demanded the TTE’s immediate arrest. Officers of Patna GRP and Railway Protection Force (RPF) tried to convince the sloganeering relatives and also assured them of strict action against the TTE.
Patna railway superintendent of police (SP) U.K. Sinha confirmed that such an incident had occurred.
“A TTE tried to misbehave with a woman on the Dibrugarh Rajdhani Express. A complaint has been lodged with the New Jalpaiguri GRP. They will probe the matter. As far as Patna railway police is concerned, we are ready to co-operate in the case. If the person is found within the Patna jurisdiction, he would be arrested,” Sinha said.