A 28-year-old female vendor alleged that Railway Protection Force personnel handcuffed and harassed her for selling clothes at the city railway station, on Saturday.
The woman, Jyoti Ramesh Kumar, said she was only selling clothes on platform 2 when “Mamta, a female RPF guard, caught me and took me to the RPF office on platform 1. Mamta also slapped me twice and handcuffed me later”.
She said, “I have not committed any crime as I was only selling clothes to earn a living,” adding that after putting her into handcuffs, they paraded her on the platforms. “It was sheer mental torture and I was also later taken to railway magistrate in the Malwa Express.”
She further said Mamta removed her handcuffs before she was presented before the magistrate. “I was fined Rs 700 after the magistrate heard the RPF personnel’s account about how I was vending illegally. I was not in a state to dictate what had actually happened at the railway station,” she added.
Jyoti said she lived with an unemployed husband and two children (a 5-year-old girl and 8-month-old boy). “I sell clothes for a living. I was caught earlier too. But back then, they only penalised me. Paying the fine is not a problem. I know I am doing wrong. So I have to pay the fine. But putting me in handcuffs and making me parade on the platforms was harassment,” she said.
However, a railway police officer at the railway station refused to comment on the issue and said he was unaware of any such case.
Assistant commander Sanjay Gupta, RPF, Ferozepur Division, said that there was no need to handcuff the person. “It is wrong if the accused was tortured. I will get it checked,” he said.