‘Snor­ing’ pas­sen­ger forced to stay awake dur­ing train jour­ney

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - - Nation - Press Trust of In­dia let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

A com­muter on a longdis­tance train was “pun­ished” by a group of fel­low pas­sen­gers for snor­ing loudly and dis­turb­ing their sleep.

The in­ci­dent took place on Thurs­day last week in a third AC coach of LTT-Darb­hanga Pawan Ex­press when pas­sen­gers found the snor­ing of a fel­low trav­eller too loud and de­cided not to let him sleep so that they could.

The pas­sen­ger, iden­ti­fied as Ram­chan­dra, was made to stay awake for about six hours af­ter a heated ar­gu­ment broke out among the com­muters.

Ganesh S Virha, chief ticket in­spec­tor of the Ja­balpur divi­sion of the West Cen­tral Rail­way, con­firmed the in­ci­dent.

Virha, who boarded the train in Ja­balpur, said Ram­chan­dra, did not feel of­fended by the “pun­ish­ment” given to him and there­fore did not file any com­plaint.

“I learnt about the com­mo­tion when I took charge of the coach at Ja­balpur around 5 am (on Thurs­day last). The train was a bit late and when I en­tered the coach, pas­sen­gers briefed me about the heated ar­gu­ment that took place dur­ing the night jour­ney. Ram­chan­dra said he was per­suaded by fel­low pas­sen­gers not to sleep for some time,” Virha said.

Ram­chan­dra ini­tially re­sisted the idea but later agreed to their pro­posal, he added.

“I sought to know whether the pas­sen­ger (Ram­chan­dra) wanted to lodge a com­plaint with the GRP if he felt vic­timised or of­fended, but he replied in the neg­a­tive.

“In such cases, we take the help of the RPF or the GRP, but thank­fully here the mat­ter was sorted out am­i­ca­bly. When I re­vis­ited the coach later I found all had be­come friends,” he said.

A se­nior rail­way of­fi­cial said snor­ing in trains is a com­mon prob­lem and all zones reg­u­larly get com­plaints from pas­sen­gers.


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