Staff Reporter

ECoR denies youth being pushed out of moving train

He was injured while getting down from train, says report

BHUBANESWAR: Even as East Coast Railway (ECR) termed the allegation of a youth being thrown out of a running train in Orissa last month baseless, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) served a notice on the Chairman of the Indian Railway Board in connection with the case. Prabeer Kumar Das, a human rights activist, moved the NHRC seeking rehabilitation of the victim. The victim, Benudhar Bhoi (24), a native of Sambalpur district, was traveling in a Howrah-Puri passenger train on May 11 when the incident had taken place.

On failing to furnish ticket, Bhoi was allegedly pushed out of the train between Jakhapura and Jajpur Road by ticket examiner. Subsequently, one of his legs was amputated in SCB Medical College Hospital, Cuttack.

‘Inhuman method’

“We don’t support a passenger travel without ticket. But at least prescribed laws should be followed to punish defaulters instead of resorting to inhuman methods of throwing a person out of train,” he said. On Thursday, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik wrote to Union Railway Minister Mamta Banerjee on the incident. Meanwhile, ECoR made public the report of inquiry conducted by Divisional Commercial Manager and Assistant Security Commissioner of Khurda into the incident. The report said Bhoi sustained injuries while getting down from the train approximately 2 km before Jakhapura station.

“It is observed that the alleged incident involving Bhoi happened during daytime in a crowded train. It is difficult to believe that the alleged pushing by a TTE went unnoticed, and that nobody pulled the alarm chain in the crowded passenger train,” the inquiry report said. The ECoR said no compensation or ex gratia had been paid to Bhoi since he was a ticketless traveler, but the cost of his medical expense was borne since it was a different case.