Mumbai मुंबई : The ticket checking staff attached with Central Railways went on a flash strike at the Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (LTT), Kurla, demanding immediate action after one of them was beaten up by some hawkers during a special drive.
The TC, who is part of the anti-hawking squad, was trying to evict hawkers from a nohawking zone in a train when the incident occurred. The railway authorities have been conducting such drives the LTT station ever since the mysterious murder case of Esther Anuhya came to light.
“We had organised a drive to evict unauthorised hawkers from Godan Express. We got hold of a few of them and assembled them at one place. But soon they tried to resist and assaulted me in the process, RK Nair, the assaulted ticket checker told. Nair is now admitted at the Byculla Railway Hospital.
Another TC said, “Nair was so scared that he ran into one of the train loos to save himself. Some of the hawkers even tried to break the washroom door but Nair was rescued.”
The ticket checkers have also alleged that a Railway Protection Force (RPF) constable had sided with the hawkers and helped them beat Nair up. The RPF, however, said the constable who is alleged to have been involved is on leave and that they will inquire into the case.
“The role of the RPF constable is being investigated. Meanwhile, we will seek help from the Government Railway Police (GRP) to remove hawkers from stations and trains,” said Atul Rane, chief spokesperson, Central Railways.