A teacher from Kushinagar has accused a top railway officer of molesting his wife onboard the Dehradun-bound Rapti-Ganga Express on Wednesday.
The teacher, Gaurav Prakash Srivastava, informed railway minister Suresh Prabhu and other top railway officials about the incident through tweets demanding action in the case.
“Please do justice for me. Against this’ -- reads the twitter handle of Srivastava, who was ‘forced’ to abandon his family holiday trip to Dehradun mid-way because of the incident.
Srivastava also posted on twitter the handwritten complaint application against the officer that he gave to the Government Railway Police (GRP).
Srivastava, who was in coach A1 of the train, alleged that the railway officer PK Rai, who was also travelling in the same coach, inappropriately touched his wife while she was returning from the wash room in the compartment. Rai is posted as chief signal and telecom engineer, NER.
The incident happened during the night hours when the train was nearing Barabanki. “I, my wife and kids were travelling in the Rapti-Ganga Express. It was at around 1 am, a co-passenger whose name is PK Rai tried to sexually hug and touched my wife seductively,” reads the copy of Srivastava’s complaint on twitter.
On his wife’s complaint, he raised an alarm and later gave a written complaint to the GRP escort. But when GRP escort took things lightly, he made his twitter account and tweeted his complaint to the railway minister.
“Initially, the GRP took things lightly. It was then that I made my account and shot the complaint on twitter,” Srivastava told HT over the phone.
The GRP then swung into action and approached the Srivastava’s family at Barabanki.
“While they were talking to us, Rai tried to run away. But police managed to nab him and we resumed journey,” he said. A complaint has been registered with GRP Hardoi and further probe is on.
However, later the family de-boarded at Haridwar. “It was a journey full of hardships. After the incident, my daughter started complaining of ill-health. Hence, we decided to terminate our journey at Haridwar,” Srivastava added. He said after the complaint many top railway officers contacted him. Srivastava said he was also contacted by the Rai’s family urging him to withdraw his complaint.
Rajeev Mishra, GM NER said he was aware of the case but denied that any written complaint was made. He also said that since the matter was concerning a top official, action would be initiated by the Railway Board.