Another case of alleged molestation aboard a moving train failed to get the concerned authorities to take appropriate action. Ex-army man Harisingh Kargi (40) was travelling on bogie S-12 of the Yeshwantpur-Jodhpur Express and was allegedly under the influence of alcohol yesterday when the incident happened.
Other passengers handed Kargi over to the Government Railway Police (GRP) when the train reached Pune station, but no action has been taken against him.
According to passengers aboard the train, Kargi acted inappropriately with women and girls in the bogie. Despite women commuters complaining about Kargi’s indecent behaviour, no complaint has been registered so far.
The GRP officials claim it was not as the women claim, but a mere quarrel to secure a better seat in the compartment.
“Kargi had consumed alcohol and started molesting girls and women from the bogie. He started behaving inappropriately and we caught him red-handed.
When the train reached Pune station, we handed him over to the GRP,” said Sagar Kapadia, a witness.
The GRP detained Kargi and immediately contacted Southern Command office and he was handed over to the military officials.
Reacting on the molestation allegation, GRP SP, Pratapsinh Patankar, claimed no such act happened. “A quarrel erupted over place in the bogie and nothing else. He is no longer in active service and had been discharged. We have not registered any complaint and he was handed over to the Army.”
Sources claim that the Railway Police may have been convinced to not press charges, as it could have jeopardised Kargi’s government pension.