A writ petition was filed by a former athlete on Thursday in the Kerala High Court seeking a directive to the State government to conduct an inquiry into the incident in which athletes from the State were forced to travel in a congested railway compartment for participating in the National Schools Athletic meet held in Ranchi.

In his petition, Titto Cherian, a physical education teacher, said the students had to travel huddled together in a railway compartment. This had happened due to the neglect of the authorities. The petitioner went through similar experience when he was an athlete. He said that as many as 142 students from various schools in the State were selected for the national meet.