BJP MLA from Agiaon, Shivesh Kumar, his wife and their six-month old baby were seriosuly injured in an alleged incident of molestation and assault by a bunch of railway employees in an AC-2 coach of Danapur-Howrah express.
As per the complaint, the incident happened on Friday night, when Kumar, son of former union minister Muni Lal, boarded the train at Patna Junction to attend a family function. He had reserved two berths for the purpose. When the train reached Rajendra Nagar, around 17-18 people boarded the train.
"Two berths opposite ours were booked in the name of an MP. They were vacant. This group of people sat there and started vulgar talk. My wife protested but they did not stop. She complained to the TTE on duty Jitendra Singh. He said, all are railway staff and assured us there will no problem," said Shivesh over phone from Howrah to HT.
When the train left the next station, Patna Saheb, the trouble makers took out liquor bottles and started drinking. The MLA opposed this and was beaten up for it.
"They threw whisky on my wife and forced themselves on her. They also made phone calls to somebody asking to get ready to kill a couple at Mokama. I somehow managed to pull the alarm chain," added Shivesh.
The train stopped and the ordeal got worse. Another on-duty TTE, Akhilesh Kumar came and started fighting with me for stopping the train. Since the group was a big one, none of the other bonafide passengers dared to interfere. In the melee, the wife of the MLA showed presence of mind and dialled the Women's Helpline number.
The train started again and reached Khusrupur station where some policemen arrived after being alerted by the helpline people. They barged into the compartment and nabbed two of the alleged molesters- Pankaj Kumar Sinha (TTE at Muzaffarpur) and Saurabh Singh (booking clerk at Rajendra Nagar). The rest of them managed to escape. Additional force was called at Bakhtiarpur station and a search was conducted, but to no avail.
An FIR was lodged under sections, 307, 354, 341, 323, 504 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against all the accused including railway employees of commercial sections who were going to West Bengal for training.
The MLA accused the TTE and police on duty in the train for not coming to their rescue despite knowing their situation. Railway sources said, the rogue staff had no valid tickets and were travelling illicitly, perhaps by managing the on-duty TTEs.
ADG PN Rai (Railways), said a copy of the FIR would also be sent to Railway authorities for departmental proceedings.