The video of a travelling ticket examiner (TTE) thrashing a passenger on board a UP train went viral on social media, prompting a response from both the Railways Minister, Ashwini Vaishnaw, as well as Indian Railways. The Union Railways Minister issued a post on his official X handle stating that there is “zero tolerance for such misconduct”.
The infamous incident took place on Barauni-Lucknow Express. The viral video shows the railway official on duty slapping the passenger repeatedly while asking him to stand up. It shows him pulling the passenger’s muffler to make him stand up and verbally abusing him because he was travelling without a ticket. There are reactions from co-passengers who ask him to stop manhandling the alleged offender and if he will issue a ticket.
In the video, the TTE can be seen slapping the passenger repeatedly while asking him to stand up. At one point, he is seen aggressively pulling the passenger’s muffler to make him stand. The passenger can be heard asking “mera koi galti hai, sir (what is my mistake, sir)” while the co-passenger recording the video can be heard asking TTE, “maar kyu rahe ho (Why are you hitting him?)” and thereafter, “Ticket doge tum (will you give the ticket?)”.
“Zero tolerance for such misconduct”: Ashwini Vaishnaw
Reacting to the incident, the Union Railways Minister said that there is zero tolerance for such misconduct. He also said that the TTE has been suspended.
DRM, Lucknow confirms action against concerned employee
The official handle of the Divisional Railway Manager, Lucknow Division, North Eastern Railway (DRM/LJN) also reacted to the incident. “The concerned TTE has been suspended by the competent authority and an inquiry has been initiated against the concerned,” the senior Railways official posted on X.
After the video went viral on social media, the North Eastern Railway also confirmed that the concerned employee had been suspended with immediate effect.