Policemen from the region have at least one thing in common - most of them think they don't need a valid ticket for travelling in trains. At least six cops have been caught without ticket in past four days in different trains. The erring cops were fined and the reason cited by them for not buying the ticket was the same - they are on an official visit and thus don't need a ticket.
If railway staff are to be believed, some of the erring cops even threatened the ticket-checkers of dire consequences.
Nirmaljit Singh, a head constable posted at Basti Jodhewal police station was caught without ticket on October 7 when he was travelling in the Uttar Sampark Kranti train from Delhi to Ludhiana.
Travel ticket examiner Jasvinder Ratti said when he asked the cop to produce ticket, the cop brazenly refused saying he was on government duty. Ratti said he asked the cop to pay with fine, who reluctantly paid the same after security was called to the spot.
On September 4, Ratti had caught three cops, including one from Ludhiana, travelling without ticket. Head constable Surjit Singh from 3rd Indian Reserve Battalion (IRB), Ludhiana, was travelling in the Shalimar Express from Ludhiana to Chakkibank without ticket. On the same day, Vikas Kumar and Narinder Kumar, both from Haryana Police, were also caught without ticket in the same train.
The police department used to issue a warrant to cops going to other states to perform duty. The cops have to produce the warrant at the booking window to exchange it with a valid travel ticket for free, but all the cops don't follow rules and most of them are in the habit of travelling without ticket.