New Delhi, June 14: A retired professor, who was ousted from a train for holding a ticket which was dated 1,000 years in the future, was awarded Rs 13,000 as compensation by the consumer court in Uttar Pradesh. According to report, Vishnu Kant Shukla had boarded Himgiri Express for a journey from Saharanpur to Jaunpur on November 19, 2013.
According to the incident, the train ticket examiner (TTE) found Shukla’s ticket was dated for 3013 and removed Shukla from the train at Moradabad. In an exclusive to TOI, Shukla said, “I retired as head of the Hindi department from JV Jain Degree College in Saharanpur. In short, I am not a person who would travel by train with a fake ticket and here was a TTE who humiliated me in front of everyone, demanded I pay a penalty of Rs 800, and even got me evicted from the train. It was an important journey as I had to visit my friend whose wife had expired.”
Irritated by this, Shukla filed a case in consumer court. The case went on for five years. On Tuesday, the consumer court found railways guilty and slapped a penalty of Rs 10,000 for causing mental harassment and additional Rs 3000 as compensation.
Meanwhile, there was no one available from railways to comment on this issue.
Recently, the Indian railways have decided to live-stream video footage of his ‘base kitchens’. Rail minister, Piyush Goyal, said that passengers could go to Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC)’s official website and watch the live-streaming of the video of IRCTC’s base kitchens. He added that this initiative by the railways is a part of his drive to improve passenger amenities along with safety.
As of now, cameras have been installed in IRCTC’s 16 base kitchens, covering main kitchens such as of Delhi, Mumbai, and Bhubaneswar.