GRP on lookout for rogue TTE

कुर्ला Kurla (CLA):  The Kurla GRP is on the lookout for a serving Travelling Ticket Examiner (TTE) of the Central Railway in connection with an intimidation and assault case registered against him earlier this week.

The TTE has been accused of robbing a ticketless traveller of his belongings and then assaulting a cobbler over a minor argument. Both the incidents took place on the same day within a span of a few hours.

On Tuesday, the TTE, identified as Anand Singh caught Mumbra resident Amit Verma (30) without a ticket and took him aside and began demanding a fine of Rs.5000/-. When Mr Verma said he did not have enough money on him, Singh forcibly took his wallet which had cash worth Rs.180 along with his cellphone which cost Rs 3,000.  “He also manhandled him and intimidated him by telling him to keep his mouth shut, before going away with his belongings,” said senior PI Shivaji Dhumal of Kurla GRP.

A few hours after robbing Mr Verma, Singh went to the station’s platform number four to get his shoes polished when he got into an argument with the cobbler Gupteshwar Ram (21).

“Singh was wearing sports shoes and Ram told him they could not be polished, which led to an argument between the two. Singh then assaulted him too and walked away with his hard-earned money,” Mr Dhumal added. Meanwhile, Mr Verma came to the GRP police station where the police registered an FIR charging Singh with criminal intimidation and robbery.

“In Ram’s case we registered a non-cognizable offence,” he added.

Singh has been attached to the Kurla station for the past two years and is also suspected to have been under the influence of alcohol when the incidents took place.

“He is on the run and was also not found to be at home when we went to pick him up. He will be traced soon and we are speaking to his colleagues and relatives to know more about his possible whereabouts,” added Mr Dhumal.