Two Indore girls travelling by Bundelkhand Express have charged a drunk railway ticket collector with molesting them on board train and later threatening to kill them .
Superintendent of police (Jhansi) R B Saroj said the man, identified as Ranvijay Singh Gahlot, ticket collector with north-eastern railway (NER), had been arrested under sections 354 (molestation) and 504 of the Indian Penal Code.
The incident took place on Friday night when one of the girls-- travelling from Varanasi to Gwalior by Bundelkhand Express—went to washroom. Singh allegedly molested her. But she let him go at first as he appeared to be dead drunk.
However, when she came back to washroom with her friend to relieve herself, Singh repeated the act.
When the girls raised an alarm, he allegedly threatened to kill them. But, when women passengers protested against his behaviour and called the travelling ticket examiner Babu Lal, the man shut himself in the washroom.
Later, when the TTE found that Singh was working as TC at Gorakhpur, he tried to suppress the matter.
But, the girls lodged an FIR against him at Manikpur railway station at around 1am and the GRP arrested him soon after.
Government railway police inspector Manikpur Bhuvnesh Pandey said the identity card recovered from Gahlot shows him as ticket collector posted at Uttar Pradesh’s Gorakhpur commercial division.
However, chief commercial manager north-eastern railway Arvind Kumar said the department had asked for the man’s identity card to find out whether he was employed as a TC with the railways.
So far the department has failed to find any employee with his identity, he said.