The railway police on Saturday arrested a travelling ticket examiner (TTE) for allegedly sexually harassing a woman IAS officer on board a train.
Sources said the woman, who was travelling from Delhi to Kolkata on board the Kalka Mail, had asked the TTE, Rajpal Singh, to adjust the AC temperature and give her an extra quilt. However, Singh began harassing her and passed lewd comments, she alleged.
The woman, who works with the railway ministry, then called up officials at the ministry and complained about Singh.
On getting information, zonal traffic manager Rajendra Kumar and station superintendent AK Singh caught hold of the accused at Aligarh station and handed him over to railway police.
They also apologised to the woman officer, but she did not withdraw her complaint.
When the train stopped at Hathras, she de-boarded it and came back to Aligarh in a car to lodge a complaint with the district magistrate.
Soon the matter reached DRM, Allahabad who suspended Singh.
Singh, who is about to retire in about eight months, told HT: “I am in service since 35 years but at no time such an allegation has been levelled against me.”
He added: “I was on duty in coach number B-1 and went to this coach to ask something from chief TTE OP Sharma. The woman requested me to get her seat changed and I had told her I was not on duty in that coach. I was not aware that she is an officer in the railway ministry. The allegation of eve-teasing is false.”
SP (Railways), Agra, Gopesh Khanna said the accused TTE was arrested and sent to jail.