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New Delhi:  The National Human Right Commission (NHRC) has taken a suo moto cognizance of a media report that on June 25, 2016, a 15-year old boy travelling without ticket on the Coromandal Express was pushed out of the train by a TTE, resulting in severe head injuries to him.  The boy, P. Krishna, had boarded the train from Visakhapatnam to reach Cuttack to meet his grandfather and the incident happened near Mancheswar Railway Station, which is close to Bhubaneswar. The Commission has issued a notice to the Chairman, Railway Board, calling for a report in a matter within six weeks.

The NHRC while issuing the notice has also observed that the gruesome incident, as reported in an Odiya newspaper on  June 26, 2016, is an inhuman act and deserves to be condemned.  Travelling without ticket is illegal but the accused TTE being a public servant is supposed to act in a responsible and lawful manner.  Sure enough, he is aware that pushing a passenger out of a running train may cause threat to his life.  The officers while dealing with the public are expected to conduct themselves in a humane and sensible manner.

According to the media report, forwarded by the NHRC’s Special Rapporteur Damodar Sarangi, the minor boy had no money to buy a ticket. When he failed to show the ticket to the TTE, he demanded a bribe and searched his pockets. Finding no money in his pockets, the TTE abused and pushed him out of the running train.  A severely injured boy was rescued by the locals who informed the Nandankanan Police Station in Bhubaneswar. The police shifted him to the Capital Hospital for treatment.  The family members of the victim have lodged a complaint with the Government Railway Police (GRP) who have recorded the statement of the victim and questioned the three TTEs of the train.

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