An Uttar Pradesh cadre Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer Shashi Bhushan Lal Susheel was arrested for allegedly molesting a woman on board an AC coach of a train at the Charbagh railway station in Lucknow on Monday morning.
The 2001 batch officer is posted as special secretary in the state’s technical education department. The victim, daughter of a retired banker, works in a multinational company in Noida. The incident happened on Lucknow Mail on Sunday night. The woman was traveling with her mother.
The Government Railway Police (GRP) has registered a case of molestation and passing lewd remarks against the officer. He will be produced in court later in the day after a medical examination.
Railway police said that the incident took place on board in AC-2 compartment (A3) of the train. The girl and her mother had boarded from New Delhi. The officer boarded in Ghaziabad. "The woman’s mother complained to the RPF staff about the harrassment. We have booked him for molestation and passing lewd remarks. The investigation is on,” said Hari Ram Sharma, deputy inspector general, GRP. The on duty Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel, who held him in the train after a complaint by the girl’s mother, handed him over to the GRP at the station.
However, the IAS officer said that the woman made casteist remarks on him. "I accidentally dropped some of her luggage and we started arguing. She abused me," Bhushan said while being taken to the court.
The victim’s family however denied the charges. “It was around 6 in the morning when the train reached Sandila station. I was returning from the washroom that my daughter informed me about the incident. When I started calling RPF staff on duty, he tried best to apologise. He even touched my feet. Then he fled to some other coach. RPF men finally caught him,” Renu Saxena, the victims mother told HT. "I think he was drunk," she added.