An argument between a ticket checker (TC) and a commuter at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus on Friday morning turned into a bloodied fight after the railway official allegedly slapped the passenger for traveling without a ticket. For his act of violence, the TC was rewarded with a sound thrashing by commuters who had gathered at the spot.
The TC, identified as Kamran Chaudhary and the commuter Abdul Sheikh have given different versions of the incident. Chaudhary told the police that he stopped Sheikh and asked to see his ticket. Sheikh was traveling without one, and when asked to pay a fine, Sheikh got into a verbal fight, Chaudhary alleged. On his part, Shaikh told the police that his ticket was with his wife Saba, who was traveling in the women's compartment. The commuter alleged that the TC did not wait for her to arrive and demanded a fine. Sheikh alleged that Chaudhary even misbehaved with his wife when she arrived with the tickets.
Though the police are verifying the versions, what is clear is that the two men got into a physical fight. The situation deteriorated when other commuters sided with Sheikh and started thrashing Chaudhary, who rushed to the RPF chowky. "We asked Chaudhary to stay inside the chowky and tried to control to mob, which was on the verge on barging into the office. The railway police had to be called in to assist the RPF," said an RPF official requesting anonymity.
Chaudhary, Sheikh and Saba were taken to the St George Hospital for medical examination and treatment. Of the three, Chaudhary sustained the most injuries. The CST railway police have lodged a case against Sheikh and other unidentified persons for using criminal force to deter a government servant from discharging duty.
Chaudhary has been booked for assault and outraging the modesty of a woman.
Ashok Jadhav, senior police inspector of CST railway police said that no arrests had been made in the case yet. The police will be checking the CCTV footage to establish the exact sequence of events.