Social media came to the aid of a girl being allegedly harassed by three drunken fellow passengers on the Bengaluru-Patna Sanghmitra Express.
The girl from Begusarai in Bihar, who was travelling alone in a three-tier air conditioned compartment, sent photographs of the three youth drinking in front of her to her brother, Ankur, who in turn tweeted it, tagging the twitter handles of the railway ministry and Union railway minister @RailMinIndia and @sureshpprabhu from his twitter handle @biharitweeter. Ankur later tweeted that the railway staff were of no help. The tweets went viral.
The Madhya Pradesh police was alerted when the train was passing through the state on Friday.
As the train reached Ghoda Dongri railway station, head constable of the local police outpost Dashrath Singh informed the station master and the train was halted at the station.
Singh accompanied by his colleague Kok Singh boarded the compartment and provided security to the girl and later more policemen joined them at Itarsi railway station.
A search in the train led to the youths’ arrest.
"They (the accused) have been identified as Skand Kumar, a resident of Muzaffarpur, Rohit, a resident of Varanasi and Rahul Pandey, a resident of Chennai," said a police official.
"A person from Maharashtra had first alerted MP police about the alleged harassment with the girl in the train."
"The three youths have been arrested," he added.
A relieved Ankur then tweeted that his sister is safe and as police have reached and got her shift to another seat, thanks everyone for help. (sic)
Ankur, who was in Gurgaon, later tweeted, "First day in my life I felt helpless as a brother... Then I came to Know that she has hundreds of brothers... Thanks so much everyone."
Madhya Pradesh director general of police (DGP) Surendra Sinh has lauded head constable Singh for taking swift action and announced a reward of Rs 5,000 for him.
The other members of the police team, who took the action promptly, would be rewarded, the DGP said.