मुंबई Mumbai: The Central Railways TCs organised a demonstration outside the Divisional Railway Manager’s (DRM) office on Tuesday, demanding action against a RPF constable for his alleged role in the assault of a TC. The incident, which took place last week, has triggered an almost full-blown war between the two parties.
On their part, senior railway officials said an inquiry has been ordered into the matter. An FIR has also been registered in Kurla.
On April 9, TC RK Nair, a member of the CR anti-hawker squad, detained some hawkers at Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (LTT). The situation, however, got out of hand as one of the hawkers attacked Nair, following which a mob of hawkers almost lynched him. Nair who was slightly injured had to be admitted to Byculla railway hospital.
The TCs claimed that the incident not only took place in the presence of an RPF constable, but he instigated others and also landed a blow or two on Nair himself is what the compliant of Nair.
Reportedly, the constable known only as Sanap, was in civilian clothes. “Nair had hid himself in the toilet of Godan Express to save himself. Sanap said the door of the toilet should be broken down. He then said he was from GRP and asked Nair to come out. But as soon as he came out, Sanap hit him and the mob of hawkers followed suit, till other TCs came in and rescued him,” said a TC.
Meanwhile, the seven members of the anti-hawking squad said the CR administration was not taking the matter seriously even as their lives were at stake. They claimed that they have also stopped the work unofficially. They said if an inquiry is not conducted, they will meet with the union leaders soon and decide on the further course of action.
A Railway official, on the condition of anonymity, said the role of TCs cannot be ruled out and is being investigated.