In a bizarre incident, a 32-year-old man was arrested for pulling the emergency chain of a train to enable his mother finish her breakfast.
Manish Arora, his mother and their relative were travelling in New Delhi-Bhopal Shatabdi Express when he pulled the chain because the mother hadn't finished eating, but they had reached their destination.
Manish was travelling to Mathura with mother and a relative
Manish, a resident of East Delhi, was travelling with his kin in the C-8 coach of the train, and they were scheduled to get down at Mathura station.
"They were served breakfast in Delhi, but Manish's mother could not finish her meal by the time the train arrived at Mathura Junction," informed station house officer with Railway Protection Force (RPF), CB Prasad.
Will have to appear in front of magistrate if called
Meanwhile, Manish will have to appear in front of the railway magistrate when asked for and will have to pay penalty. Although he has been released, he could end up in jail for not paying the penalty. Manish has reportedly confessed about the incident.
Various cases of emergency chain system's misuse have been recorded
The emergency chain system was introduced in each coach to help the passengers in case of an emergency like fire, someone left behind, fellow passenger fell from moving train, boarding with a differently-abled person, etc.
However, there have been numerous cases of its misuse.
Reportedly, Agra RPF has caught around 850 passengers for misusing the facility and recovered nearly Rs. 6L in penalty.