Tussle for tickets
nDrunk ruffians mess up with lady passengers
Anti-social elements have let loose a reign of terror on the Aurangabad railway station premises during the ongoing summer vacation.
The rowdy elements create trouble to the passengers when they get ready to board the trains.
These hooligans are seen on platforms, inside railway building, on bridges and in parking lot opposite the railway building.
LT scribe has a first hand report of the problems being faced by the passengers on the railway station.
Owing to mad vacation rush, the railway station is witnessing large number of footfalls, hence, it is arduous task to manage the crowd with few Government Railway Police (GRP) officers.
According to an auto rickshaw driver Akbar Khan, "A group of ruffians roam near the station premises in drunk state.They create trouble for the passengers daily and mess up with ladies and family members on the railway station and threaten the passengers."
Another passenger Maniklal Thakur said, "We are helpless due to huge rush. These ruffians come in groups and sometimes try to mix up with lady passengers."
One such victim Manisha said, "A ruffian came near me and misbehaved with me when I was in the queue for purchasing ticket in afternoon at 2. When I looked at him angrily, he and others started threatening me. I feel that railway station premises is not safe for common people. Moreover, neither onlookers help us nor the GRP personnel are seen in the vicinity." "Now, we will keep a vigil on the station premises and take action against those indulging in hooliganism. Many such cases go unreported due to lack of awareness among the passengers," said a GRP official.
Some of these ruffians are regular auto rickshaw drivers, who roam whole day in drunk state and act as agents for other auto drivers. They finalise the deal with passengers and charge high fares including their commission.
Auto driver Akbar further said, "These agents fix the deal not less than Rs. 100-150 for destinations around 5-6 kms and beyond that Rs. 20 extras is charged per kilometer."
Passengers expect that there will be constant patrolling of police on the railway premises so that such incidents are curbed. Tussle for