A locomotive driver recently stopped a passenger train for an hour at Hasanpur Road Railway Station in Samastipur district of Bihar in India to grab an alcoholic drink.
The train, which normally has a two-minute stoppage in Hasanpur, stayed stationed for an hour on the evening of May 2, Zee News reported.
It was only after the passengers protested that the railway officials came to know about the driver’s actions.
The passenger train number 05278 started its journey from Samastipur Railway Station at 4:05pm on May 2 and reached Hasanpur at 5:45pm. The last destination of the train is Saharsa, which it usually reaches by 8:30pm.
“As the passengers were protesting at the railway station, we went to the driver’s cabin. Co-pilot Karamveer Yadav alias Munna was missing from the engine room,” Zee News quoted Manoj Kumar Chaudhary, station master of Hasanpur Railway Station, as saying.
“We received information that a person was creating ruckus in the Hasanpur market in a drunken state. When we reached there, we arrested him. He was identified as Karamveer Yadav, loco pilot of the train stationed at Hasanpur. We also recovered half a bottle of liquor from his possession. Accordingly, we have arrested him and informed senior officials about it,” he added.
Later, another train driver, VC Rajkumar, who was on leave but was travelling on the same train and going to Saharsa, was given the charge. The train finally left Hasanpur railway station at 6:45pm.
Yadav was subsequently charged with several offences under separate laws, including the Bihar Prohibition and Excise Act, and suspended for drinking on the job.